The Dublin Cycling Campaign posted a video on its Facebook page of the Merrion Road junction with Nutely Lane and how cyclists traveling straight on stay in the left turning lane. But is this really an education problem?
This image below from Google Street View shows the T-junction the videos shows, the cyclist traveling straight in the left turning lane, rather than ‘correctly’ cycling in the lane when the bus is:
The Dublin Cycling Campaign seem to see this as an education problem, but our view is that it’s a design problem. UK-style cycle training is just a survival guide until our roads are fixed.
We could go the full hog and say the road should have cycle lanes or tracks (and such would fit on the road without taking away much or anything from other users, at least a few 100m past the junction).
But forgetting going the full hog for a second: Like in many places in Dublin, there’s simply no reason for the shared bus (and cycle / taxi) lane to end before the T-junction, expect maybe to allow a few motorists to skip ahead. Before the junction on both sides there’s only a single lane for general traffic and a singe bus lane — there’s no reason the bus lane needs to end before the junction.
Mapped below the highlighted blue sections show the current bus lanes, while the orange is the gap where the bus lane is missing:
Filling in the gap in the bus lane would be a quick fix.
There are more radical changes which could be done. But realistically if we’re even half serious about cycling most of the section — at least from just north of the Nutley Lane junction as far as the hospital junction with the Merrion Road — should have 1.75m wide cycle lanes as a minimum and slightly wider again if the cycle lane is on the outside a left turning lane.
Are we even half serious?