Dublin City Council said it does not know when it will be able to fix faulty traffic light sensors at a junction which is heavily used by bicycles. The issue was reported to the council at least seven months again, but the council claims that the delay is out of its hands due to “traffic management reasons” because of a nearby private construction site.
At the junction, between St Stephen’s Green East and South, Leeson Street and Earlsfort Terrace, the council has confirmed that the sensors are “not sensitive enough to detect bicycles”. The issue arrises at least traveling north from Earlsfort Terrace and also traveling south from Stephen’s Green East.
The sensors can detect cars, but because of Luas Cross City diversion works there are less cars on Stephen’s Green East traveling into Earlsfort Terrace and Earlsfort Terrace northbound is bus / bicycle / taxi only.
Natalie, a reader who reported the issue to the council, explained the issue: “I have used that junction a couple of times since, and have had the same problem. I’ve tried stopping the bike precisely on the patch of ground that would appear to have the sensor (there’s a kind of a scar in the tarmac behind the white line), but it doesn’t work. I’m not sure if it’s working for cars, as it’s a quiet street for cars and I haven’t seen any cars there in a while.”
A reported dated Feburary 5 2015 on the reporting website fixyourstreet.ie said: “Cycling down St Stephen’s Green East, I waited three full traffic light cycles for a green light to continue onto Earlsfort Terrace, and I might still be waiting there if I hadn’t given up and crossed with the pedestrians. What’s the point of providing a cycle lane if it feeds into a permanent red light? Perhaps the signal only shows green if a bus is waiting to proceed? If so that’s no way to treat cyclists!”
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An official from Dublin City Council said: “There is a detector behind the Stop line at the junction, however it is not sensitive enough to detect bicycles. We are aware of this issue, and it is planned to upgrade the junction to include bicycle detection in order to ensure that cyclists do get a green signal.”
He added: “However, for traffic management reasons the civil engineering works required for this upgrade cannot be implemented until the current phase of the construction works for the development on the corner of Earlsfort Terrace and St Stephens Green have been completed. This construction project is for a private development, and is outside the control of Dublin City Council, so a timeframe for the junction improvements is unfortunately not currently available.”