Irish Cycle Facility of the Week

Simon Comer writes:

Pretty much everywhere I go, in rural areas especially, there are examples of tokenistic cycle “facilities” which appear to have no real meaning in life other than as an excuse for bean counters to use up budgets and an opportunity for incompetent engineers to tick boxes.

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Typically these “facilities” consist of a short stretch of “cycle track” going absolutely nowhere and providing no advantage to cyclists. The attached example is in Ballyseedy, Co Kerry.

Basically it consists of a short stretch of “cycle track” on both sides of the road, which invites cyclists to leave the main carriageway and cede priority to vehicles exiting side roads. Why? Not surprisingly, cyclists ignore these “facilities”.




Images: Simon Comer
Location: Ballyseedy, Co Kerry
Local body/authority: NRA / Kerry County Council
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