Irish Cycle Facility of the Week

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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.

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”.

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

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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