Outside Sligo town is a roundabout which mimics the issues with many Irish cycle routes — it could be anywhere in the country as the problems it highlights are common to other roundabouts and different types of junctions across Ireland, even very new ones.
The roundabout in question is on the Dublin Road at the Sligo Retail Park. The road as a national route is bypassed by the N4 dual carriageway.
Just to fill in the picture here: needless two-lane entry for motorists entering the roundabout which puts a slight bit of extra capacity over safety cycling put on footpath and no buffer space between people and vehicles.
The road on both sides of the roundabout narrows to a single lane.
- Anybody continuing along the main road and following the footpath is now at a really awkward angle to cross the road and effectively have to not only yield but stop.
- No cycle route into the business park or the housing estate behind it (this is the access road to the housing estate). Nobody living there will ever want to cycle and cyclists don’t go to Smyth’s Toys, McDonalds, computer shops etc.
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Note also the cycle lane ends sign and the “cyclists rejoin main carriageway” signs. There’s three points about these: (1) the two signs are both placed incorrectly here rather than up a bit where the shared path ends, (2) the cycle lane ends sign should be a shared path ends sign and should be followed by a cycle track (lane) starts sign, (3) the written sign should not exist, it’s a sign of design failure.
Here’s where the cycle route rejoins the carriageway — every time I’ve passed here before the day I was taken these photos, cars or trucks entered the cycle lane when rounding the corner.
The other side of the roundabout is a bit better for cycling but only because there no road linked to it — just don’t try to turn into the business park!