IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism, but our subscription numbers have stalled at around 250 subscribers. 20 more subscribers by the end of August is the current target. Can you help? If you can, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Irish Cycle Facility of the Week

February 01, 2015:

This is reader-funded journalism, but it needs more support -- our target is 20 more subscribers by the end of August... can you help? Subscribe today.

Our image above shows the common sight of a bus covering a cycle lane — a typical narrow cycle lane placed inside a narrow bus lane. In this case it’s on Wolfe Tone Quay in Dublin. It used to be part of a number of IrishCycle.com’s commutes and, to be fair to bus drivers, most did well to keep out of the cycle lane when it was occupied — the issue is how space is allocated.

Along this section of the river the quays, on both sides combined, effectively make up an 8-lane dual carriageway in the heart of the city. Worse, still the river-side lane here is a near 400 meter right turning lane which is rarely even a quarter used. The next lane in is a straight-ahead stacking lane which ends around 260 meters after it starts — after which this point there’s a pinch point on the quays which only allows for one straight ahead lane for the guts of 1km.

The footpath on the quayside is also hardly used, because — when walking from west of this point — to get to the footpath you have to run across 14 meters of a one-way road with fast moving traffic.

The quays are a prime example of arrogance of space.

Yes. There are as-of-yet unconfirmed plans to change this. But we still don’t know if such plans will go ahead and, even if they do go ahead, we don’t know how long it will take. The city manager has already said that the quays walking and cycling route won’t go ahead until after Luas Cross City is complete — which, if all goes well, is nearly three years from now.

Image: IrishCycle.com
Location: Wolfe Tone Quay
Local body/authority: Dublin City Council
Street View: As shown

Send suggestions to hello@irishcycle.com. And make sure to view the original and UK-focused facility of the month page on Warrington Cycle Campaign’s website.

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 June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% 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

Leave a Reply

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