A double bus lane recently put in place on Dublin’s Pearse Street is stirring mixed opinion from those who cycle on the street.
The second bus lane installed on the outside of the existing one is designed to minimise the delay of rerouted buses due to Luas Cross City tram line construction.
Dublin City Council has said that the number of lanes on the street has not changed, however, many users complain that expanding the bus lane has changed the behaviour and often speed of a notable amount of taxi and bus drivers who they have to share the lanes with.
The city also admit that “one-way streets by their nature do not provide adequate facilities for cyclists”. The council adds that National Transport Authority proposals for a Swiftway Bus Rapid Transit route from Swords / Dublin Airport to City Centre includes the use of this section of Pearse Street and this will include provision of cycling facilities.
Views from the public range from it being the best part of people’s commute to “the deadliest act of anti-cycling planning in some time”, here’s a selection of views from Twitter:
— DormanArchitects (@DormanArchs) March 9, 2015
We managed to do Pearse Street at 63kph in a number 7 bus. Where’s @GardaTraffic at Pearse St station when you need them
— Keith Byrne Cycling (@CyclingVillage) January 2, 2015
— Conchúr (@duburb) January 26, 2015
It’s an intimidating cycle, @IrishCycle. Buses weaving left and right, chopping and changing lanes. Felt sandwiched between them.
— John O’Sullivan (@Jackfire13) March 9, 2015
— Sinéad O’Brien (@sobbydunne) March 9, 2015
@IrishCycle Pearse St “upgrade” is a disaster for cycling. Overtaking is impossible with a stampede of buses on your tail.
— Conchúr (@duburb) March 10, 2015
— Bernice Harrison (@BerniceHarrison) March 10, 2015
— DormanArchitects (@DormanArchs) March 11, 2015
IMAGE: Thanks to @stephen_coyne