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“This is not a bicycle”

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    • Sure John, there’s a long list of possibly slideshows for both motorists and cyclists too:

      “These are orange lights, you’re supposed to stop when you’re able to”
      “These are filter lights, the green light is only for cars going straight on”
      “These are footpaths: drivers do not park here and cyclists do not cycle here”
      “These are advance stop boxes, for cyclists only”
      “These are junctions, do not enter and block them when traffic is heavy”
      “These are one-way streets do not cycle down them”

  1. Cyclists are not familiar with the road traffic act including the person who posted these photos. Broken white line, middle of the road or a cycle lane, do any of you out there know what that means? It can be crossed. That’s the law. I do find amusing how cyclists along the canal now break the lights on each other and hurl abuse at one another for doing so.

  2. Alan — yes, allowed to enter and even load in them, but not park in them. Especially when most examples of parked cars in broken line lanes are also parked partly on footpaths: which is unquestionably illegal! At least one is parked within a solid centre white line and others are also in clearways in working hours – also illegal.

    You’ll also note the amount which are parked or otherwise in cycle lanes with solid lines and those blocking advance stop boxes.

    Regardless of illegal or not, it makes cycling in cycle lanes a bit hard to use and motorists give out even when there is something blocking the lane. A taxi driver gave out to me today for not using a cycle lane when I was not using it as I was overtaking a bus which was stopped in the lane! I was in the car with somebody recently and they gave out that cyclists were not in the cycle lane — the problem was that there was only a cycle lane on one side, the opposite side which they were on!

    Some motorists like to give out a bit too much and often they don’t have a clue what they are talking about.

  3. I have seen Cian cycling around with the camera on his helmet. Someone should let him know what traffic lights, footpaths and oneway systems are for. Seems to be widely accepted by cyclists now that pedestrians have no rights at all when they are crossing the street with the green man in their favour or walking on the footpath. Ask Cian to show those photos please.

  4. I don’t cycle with any helmet!

    I pushed my son around in a pram for about the first six months of his life and the main problems I had were as follows, in this order:

    1) Motorists parked on footpaths
    2) Motorits blocking pedistrain crossing, mainly at rush hour or other times when traffic got heavy
    3) Poor qualty footpaths
    4) Lights which take forever to change
    5) Motorists and cyclists breaking red light
    6) Cyclists on footpaths

    That’s from six months of walking a lot around Dublin every day, and, when chalanged, motorists parking on footpaths were the worst (they acted as if they were entitled to park on the footpath – picking up little Jonny or popping into the shop gave them this entitlement!) and they were followed by red light breaking motorists (who claimed they were doing nothing wrong). At least most cyclists doing wrong at lights or on footpaths stopped when chalanged and faced with a pram.


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