Over 1,000 people have signed a petition — started by IrishCycle.com — looking for a fully segregated Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route. The route runs between the existing coastal path at Clontarf and the city centre, via Fairview and North Strand.
The petition at my.uplift.ie asks the council to drop it’s current plan for non-continuous cycle tracks which mixes cycling with buses, heavy traffic, and pedestrians. It looks instead for the council to reinstate its original plan for a fully segregated two-way cycle path.
Among the reasons people have given for signing include:
“This is a thoroughly unpleasant and unsafe cycle route at the moment. I don’t think we should wait for a fatality before deciding to put in high quality cycle facilities” — Paul C.
“All ages and abilities. It should be safe and a delight to cycle into the heart of the city. Reclaim the space for people” —Anthony D.
“I cycle 20km round trip every day and on the 2km stretch from Fairview to 5 lamps I feel I’m putting my life at risk more than any other stage of my route. This with existing non-segregated cycle lanes so laying down new non-segregated would be just as bad” — Oisin O.
Subscription drive update: IrishCycle.com reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October).
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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!
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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!
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