— Party says Dublin has potential to be one of the best cycling cities in the world
Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, said today that despite the good news of increases in the numbers of commuters cycling, road engineers are still fixated by getting as many cars through every junction.
Calling for the cycling revolution to continue, Ryan who is an MEP candidate for Dublin, said: “For all that good news [regarding cycling], the design and maintenance of the Dublin road network still remains a nightmare for cyclists and pedestrians alike. Our road engineers are still fixated by getting as many cars through every junction, leaving everyone else in their wake. Wide one-way streets are impossible to cross, and pinch points on the existing cycle network cause real hazard. Potholes which can throw you off your bike are getting deeper by the day. There are no safe routes to school for our kids.”
He added: “We have put in some new cycling infrastructure over the years but the reality is that any improvements in the road system have stalled due to a lack of political will. It is time for that to change. We need to start by tackling the city centre where wide one way streets destroy city life. At the same time we can build first class cycling lanes along all our seafront, rivers and canals which will give us a core route of green ways that could make this city the envy of the cycling world.”
He called on Dublin’s four councils to devote 20% of their total transport budget to pedestrian and cyclist friendly initiatives.
“The National Transport Authority have set out a plan of routes that should be built. We need to show some vision and leadership and rethink how the whole city can work. What Dublin needs is a real plan and vision for the future,” said Ryan.
Local election candidate for the party in Dublin’s north inner-city, Ciarán Cuffe said: “Cycling facilities in the city centre have improved, but there’s so much more that needs to be done. The first thing required is a vision for Dublin that makes space for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Cuffe, who was a former junior transport minister in the last government, added: “Dublin has the potential to be one of the best cycling cities in the world. With the right planning, some political will, and financial commitment from central government, we can easily catch up with cities such as Copenhagen.”