Irish Cycle Facility of the Week

February 17, 2014:

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Dublin City Council are very supportive of cycling but only between the hours of 07:00-10:00 and 12:00-17:00, and only Monday to Saturday. The pictured cars are parked legally — but allowing parking in a cycle lane at times does not matter because nobody wants or needs to cycle on Sundays or at night, and nobody starts work or college between 10am and 11am.

The above pictured cycle lane is on the second busiest commuter cycling route into Dublin City Centre and it links the city centre with Rathmines, an area which has over 12% cycling modal share (the highest district in Dublin). It’s also just inside Dublin City’s canals, an area which the council policy claims to prioritise cycling.

Images: Irish Cycle
Location:  South Richmond Street
Local body/authority: Dublin City Council
Street View: Current view shows cycle lane before it was widened

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  1. Nothing unusual about that then! These situations are commonplace. Vehicles are regularly permitted to block entire pathways in Dun Laoghaire at weekends. The car is king and everyone else is a second or even third class citizen. What’s needed is someone that actually cycles (not a hobby or sports cyclist) actually empowered to make real decisions over cycling provisions.
    Oh, and please no more Dutch solutions to Irish cycling problems either, unless the Authorities intend importing a large number of Dutch drivers and a Dutch level of legal enforcement.

  2. Exact same problem with the new bike lane on Westland Row.
    Outside “dedicated cycling hours” it’s full of cars, vans, taxis.

    Within cycling hours it’s an unofficial set-down and pick up area for Pearse Station

    • Oh yeah. I know Pearse Street well. Lots of people being dropped off to the School of Music too. Some people just pull in and wait for their student to get their lesson. It’s grand and handy, the cycle lane allows plenty of room for cars to pass once you keep well in to the cycle lane. Taxi’s love it too as it facilitates loitering outside Pearse Street Train Station looking for fares. The bus/cycle lane on the other side of the road is a race track for Busses, taxi’s and drivers who could care less about cyclists. County Councils, doing for cyclists what Thanksgiving has been doing for Turkeys since the foundation of the state.


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