While welcoming the opening of the Camden Street contraflow bus lane, which was opened to cycling yesterday morning, councillor Claire Byrne (Green Party) repeated her warning about 40 extra buses per hour on the route at rush hour.
“Dublin’s south inner city probably has more cyclists than any other part of the country, and implementing a system of contraflow lanes to facilitate bike traffic is long overdue,” said Cllr Byrne. “While this system isn’t perfect, it’s a big improvement on what existed before, and I’m confident that the success of this permanent installation will act as a spur to develop further contraflow lanes in the city and make Dublin bike-friendly for all users.”
However Byrne warned about the extra buses at rush hour due to be diverted onto the route next week because of a Luas tram route construction.
She said: “I retain concerns about the additional bus traffic which has been directed down the Camden Street area – an additional 40 per hour – and believe that Dublin City Council and the NTA need to continuously re-examine the safety aspects of the new system, so that cyclists and pedestrians remain as safe as possible on their commute.”
The Dublin Cycling Campaign yesterday — while also welcoming the contra-flow bus lane — said it had “some concern about mixing so many buses with so many bikes on the corridor”.
As we reported yesterday, the campaign said: “It is essential that the drivers of the buses pay special attention to cyclists on this route – and, of course, essential that cyclists ride assertively and sensibly (by, for example, adopting the control road position while using the contra-flow lane). Overall though, we are optimistic that after everyone gets used to the new road layout, the new direct route out of town will improve life for those cycling in the city.”
Some general transport observers are also concerned that the extra buses will mean longer journey times for bus users and the diversions and the Luas works add to congestion.