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This morning.

The Quays, Dublin

Cyclists assemble for a mass ‘Lycra Pride’ cycle along the Liffey Quays in support of the – calling for safe, segregated cycling in Dublin city centre,

Dublin Cycling Campaign

Pics via Dublin Bay South Green Party, Kevin O’Farrell, Alfred E Neuman and Rory Cooke

A traffic survey carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign on Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1  (top) last week has revealed how popular cycling has become for people commuting into the city centre, despite the lack of dedicated cycling infrastructure.

Last week, a man’s leg was crushed beneath a bus as he cycled across Butt Bridge towards Custom House Quay while another man was seriously injured on Monday when he was knocked down while cycling along Usher’s Quay.

On Wednesday last, between 8-9.15am. a study was carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign where vehicles travelling along Ormond Quay towards the city centre were counted.

The results show that bicycles account for almost half of all vehicles travelling along the quay during rush hour, with 1,126 bikes recorded out of a total vehicle count of 2,314, giving bicycles a 49% share of all vehicles.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign write:

One of the standout statistics from the survey was that bicycles outnumbered private cars by a ratio of almost 2:1.

A previous traffic study at this location, carried out by Dublin City Council in May 2017, recorded bicycles as having a 25% share of vehicular traffic.

While Dublin Cycling Campaign’s rush hour figure of 49% is not directly comparable, it does highlight how the City Council and the NTA may be underestimating the need and the demand for dedicated cycling infrastructure on the Liffey Quays.

It is important to note that the section of the Quays where the study was carried out, Ormond Quay, has no dedicated cycling infrastructure
. There is a bus lane on Ormond Quay, which is also technically a cycle lane, but there is no physical segregation between people on bikes and motor vehicles.

The study also shows how busy the bus lane was, with 200 buses using the route between 8.00am and 9.15am. This means that 1,126 cyclists “shared” the bus lane with 200 buses during rush hour.

…itreinforces Dublin Cycling Campaign’s demand for urgent action to be taken to progress the construction of the Liffey Cycle Route.

This segregated cycle route, which was first proposed in 2011, has withered in the hands of Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority for long enough and we are now calling for real leadership to realise the scheme.

In order to increase pressure on the decision-makers, Dublin Cycling Campaign has decided to hold monthly demonstrations along the Liffey Quays until the Liffey Cycle Route is built.

The first of these protests will take place on Sunday 8th of July, with demonstrators meeting at Grand Canal Square for an 11am start, before cycling en masse along the Liffey Quays.

These mass cycling protests will continue until progress has been made, and will increase in their frequency and their intensity if there is no obvious progress.

New Study Reveals Huge Numbers Commuting by Bike on Dublin’s Quays (DublinCyclingCampaign)

Thanks Kieran

The first car free Sunday in Paris, France resulted in a 40% drop in air pollution and a 50% fall in noise pollution. 

Dublin Cycling Campaign writes:

Would you like to see Car-Free Sundays in Dublin City Centre? Sign our petition [at link below] to ask Dublin City Council to trial the concept this Summer. If it’s good enough for Paris, it’s good enough for Dublin!

FIGHT!/Sign petition here

Pic via Dublin Cycling Campaign

Yesterday evening.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Cyclists perform a ‘die-in outside Leinster House to highlight the dangers faced by cyclists on Irish roads.

Previously: For Tomorrow We Die

Dublin Cycling Campaign

iBikeDub

You are invited.

To a silent die-in “to protest deaths of people who cycle” outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 tomorrow at 6pm.

Mike McKillen writes:

This past week has seen the tragic killing of a young person cycling on Dublin roads, bringing the total number of cyclists killed this year to 5.

2017 was the deadliest year for people who cycle in Ireland with 15 deaths, the highest in 10 years.

The issue of safe streets is not just affecting people who cycle; 14 pedestrians have already lost their lives this year. It is worth noting that 2017 had the lowest number of fatalities for people in motorised vehicles in over a decade.

I BIKE Dublin and Dublin Cycling Campaign are conducting a silent demonstration tomorrow outside Leinster House at 6pmto express their sorrow and anger at this latest death on Irish roads, and to call on the government to invest in safer streets as a matter of urgency.

We are calling on the Government for –

A minimum of 10% of transport budget allocated for safe cycling and walking

Better design of cycling and walking infrastructure, especially at junctions where people are forced to interact with motor vehicles.

Dublin Cycling Campaign

iBikeDub

Cycle in Dublin?

Nowhere to park?

Read on.

Colm Walsh, of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, writes:

Have you ever arrived at a destination only to be faced with a desert of available cycle parking?

Now you can tell Dublin City Council exactly where you want more bike parking.

Over a three week period (April 9-30) we want you to log the locations where bike parking is scarce, using the Space Engagers app.

Space Engagers is an interactive mapping tool that enables citizens to gather data for social and community projects. It has already been used to map vacant lots for the Peter McVerry Tust.

The Demand-a-Stand project is collaboration between the Dublin Cycling Campaign and Space Engagers to enable our members and the general public to use the Space Engagers app to identify where they would like to see more bike parking.

We will use this to build a heatmap of the most popular logged locations and campaign for more bike parking here. We will also send our data to Dublin City Council.

The Space Engagers app is very easy to use. It is available for Android or iOS and once registered it simply involves taking a picture of where you want more bike parking. You can also use the Space Engagers website to log locations.

Check out the Dublin Cycling Campaign website (at link below) or our Facebook page for more information on how to download and use the Space Engagers app.

Dublin Cycling Campaign

From top: Friday’s Late Late Show; Letter of complaint from the Dublin Cycling Campaign

A response to Friday’s Late Late Show, where RTÉ presenter Maura Derrane consigned a helmet into the trash to represent her aversion to cyclists traveling two abreast on on country roads.

Dublin Cycling Campaign writes:

We have sent the above complaint to RTÉ about Friday’s RTÉ’s Late Late Show segment on cyclists which we believe contravened the code of standards of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Individual complaints can be sent to complaints@rte.ie…

Watch item here (@ 50 minutes)

Meanwhile…

 

Ouch.

Dublin Cycling Campaign tweetz:

We’ve analysed the Road Safety Authority’s fatal collision data for 2017 and put together this infographic which focuses on cycling deaths. All of last year’s fatal cycling collisions involved motor vehicles, with the vast majority of fatal crashes occurring during daylight hours.

Dublin Cycling Campaign

Meanwhile…

Anyone?

Do you cycle?

This year has been the deadliest for cycling in almost a decade with 15 people killed while cycling on Irish roads… a 50% increase on 2016.

Kieran Ryan, of the Dublin Cycling Campaign writes:

…As the rate of fatal collisions has increased, so too has the level of hostility faced by people who cycle. Acts of impatience and aggression have become everyday occurrences and contribute to a sense that our roads are becoming less safe.

One factor that adds to this animosity is the hate speech against cyclists that is frequently published and broadcast by various media outlets, without the usual checks and balances that are applied to other minority groups.

Some people might feel that the use of the term “hate speech” is overly dramatic, but I have struggled to find another phrase that accurately describes the vitriol that is hurled at cycling advocates anytime they try to highlight the serious issues facing people who cycle in Ireland.

Hate speech can be defined as anything that incites prejudice or violence towards a targeted group of people. Many media organisations are wantonly publishing articles and opinion pieces about cycling, and cyclists, that meet this definition.

Likewise the radio and TV stations whose “shock jock” hosts spout accusations of widespread law-breaking by people on bikes, and gleefully read out tweets and texts to back up their own biased views.

Every time a cycling advocate appears on TV or radio they are bombarded with claims of misbehaviour and deviance. These defamatory assaults would not be directed at, nor accepted by, representatives of any other minority group, so why is it deemed acceptable to direct hate at people who choose to cycle?

….People on bikes have enough problems negotiating deathtrap junction layouts and cycle lanes that resemble obstacle courses. They do not need the further challenge of dealing with otherwise sane drivers being wound up by what they see and hear in the media.

It is time for Irish media organisations to start taking their responsibility on this topic seriously. If they continue to ferment antagonism towards a group of vulnerable road users like cyclists, it is inevitable that they will be at least partly responsible for someone dying or being seriously injured on our roads.

Cycle-hate is potent, dangerous and ultimately futile. It needs to stop.

Cycling And Hate Speech (Kieran Ryan, Dublin Cycling Campaign)

Pic: Dublin Cycling Campaign

Last night.

Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

Members of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, including Alice Beuchat (pic 6) and Tomas O Dowd and Irene Walsh (pic 2) handout free mini-bike lights to cyclists.

FIGHT!

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

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