Irish Cycle Facility of the Week

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Why is an image of a gate to an abandoned house on the Irish Cycle Facility of the Week? Because that’s the kind of driveway which Fingal County Council want people cycling to yield to. As a reader Brian McArdle writes:

“Here’s one for you, taken yesterday near Dublin Airport. There are well-surfaced cycle lanes running portions of the R132/Swords Rd, which suffer from the usual flaws of ceding priority to side roads, and having to use three sets of pedestrian/cycle lights to cross a single junction, but this is my favourite.”

“At a certain point, I have to yield to an access road to a disused, run-down presumably private house. This requires a slow-down and 180 degree check behind for turning traffic, for a house that probably hasn’t seen any volume of access traffic in several years. On one of the main routes for entering the city from north county Dublin.”

Airport

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This route is parallel to the M1 motorway, yet when it was being upgraded, this is how cycling was treated. No consideration for allowing people to cycle and make good and safe progress between Swords, Dublin Airport, and Dublin City.

The yield signs and interruption to the shared walking and cycling path are also use at a number of private entrances along the route, here’s Google Street View:

Capture airport 3

Including at two entrances to one public house:

Capture airport 4

Images: First two images, Brian McArdle; last two images, Google
Location: Swords Road, Co Dublin
Local body/authority: Fingal County Council
Street View: Currently as shown above

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