NRA cycle route rules gives motorists priority at junctions

Design standards for the National Cycle Network and other rural routes have been published by the National Roads Authority (NRA) which gives motorists priority at junctions as a default position.

The manual says: “Junction and crossing facilities should include clear rules with respect to which user has priority and due to the high speed nature of the rural environment cyclists will generally be required to give way to motor vehicles at conflict points.”

The NRA is seen by many cyclists and cycling campaigners as having a very poor record on cycle route design.

Hello... sorry to interrupt you: IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism supported by just over 250 readers like you -- they have subscribed for €5 per month or more. If you can, please join them and subscribe today. If you have already subscribed -- thank you! Now, back to the article...

The standards also allow for 1.5 meter cycle paths and 1.75 meter two-way shared use path — both of which are narrow by best international standards and do not seem to be allowed in urban areas covered by the National Transport Authority’s National Cycle Manual.

The summary of the NRA rural standards document says: “This document provides design standards for cycle facilities in a rural environment. This standard is intended principally for National Roads in Ireland which include for projects that are part of the National Cycle Network. These design standards may also be applicable to other cycle schemes in the country.”

It adds: “Where they are used for schemes not on the National Road Network or as part of the National Cycle Network, it will be the relevant Road Authority who will decide on the extent to which the documents in the manual are appropriate.”

We’ll report on reaction and the elements of the standards as soon as we can.

The standards document can be read on the NRA’s website.

20140502-142548.jpg

Hello Reader... IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of February, 210 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.3% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers

Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

1 comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.