Bicycle-friendly ideas for development plans is a new mini-series of articles covering measures which can be used in city and town developments plans. The mini-series is aimed at residents, commuters, councillors, planner and engineers who have input into developments plans, which are in the process of being renewed in areas around the country.
Our second idea is having a requirement for secured, monitored bicycle parking at large events. As the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition explains, this is the law in the city of San Francisco:
“Monitored bicycle parking is required for events requiring a street closure and with an anticipated number of participants greater than 2,000 (SF Administrative Code, Section 2.76). While we’re not the only bike parking solution, we pride ourselves on being the best one.”
We suggest that guarded bicycle parking should be a requirement for large events in cities around the country. Sporting events in Croke Park and Lansdowne Road but also the likes of large GAA matches in cities around the country or at the Galway Races which causes traffic disruption and sometimes nothing short of gridlock havoc. We would see this as including large concerts in venues such as the 3 Arena, the Phoenix Park or Croke Park, and for festivals or other large events which result in road closures, including Live at the Marquee in Cork.
If organisers and city planners want less problems with traffic congestion around these events they must provide alternatives. Bicycle theft is often a problem that plays on people’s minds, but finding even a lamp post to use as bicycle parking can be just as much of a problem at large events. For example, bicycle parking is banned around Lansdowne Road at match days for crowd safety reasons, and Gardai will remove such bikes — planning for bicycle parking in a designated area can counteract those issues.
Below are two videos, the first showing the concept in action at San Francisco Giants football games and the second shows how their valet bicycle parking service is used at a wide range of events at different locations, most often with temporary bicycle parking:
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