— Mayor says he does not know of anyone who brings bags of shopping on bicycles.
Dublin’s lord mayor, Cllr Brendan Carr (Labour), last week clarified his comments on the Liffey Cycle Route — he said he supported the segregated cycle route, just not the idea of diverting traffic for it. But his suggestion would mean cars carrying mostly one person blocking buses full of people.
He made his comments on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny show, with presenter Jonathan Healy, after he told The Irish Times last week that he opposed the current proposal for the Liffey Cycle Route.
The lord mayor implied all traffic would be diverted up the one route around Smithfield when the council has, a number of times, said that this is not the case and that it also expects traffic reduction.
He was offering an alternative to a proposal to diverting cars off the quays between Blackhall Place and Church Street at the Four Courts.
Cllr Carr said: “Bring cyclists down onto some kind of boardwalk, a wooden boardwalk, and bring them out onto the quays… at that stage we can merge both the private (motorised traffic) and the buses for a very small part of the quays. When the quays open up [to be come wider] again, get back into having a designated bus lane.”
“Motorists are coming into the city and keeping businesses alive,” he added. When the presenter said that “so are cyclists and people on buses”, Cllr Carr said: “I don’t know any cyclists who come into town and do bags of shopping and bring them home on their bike.”
Jonathan Healy asked the mayor that “maybe you’re trying to convince them to get out of their car and use public transport and cycle… I accept that there will always be people who will drive but maybe there are those who will be encouraged to use public transport”. The mayor said that he’d encourage people to cycle but that “That’s a completely another debate.”
The primary aims of the Liffey Cycle Routes include to make cycling safe and encourage people to switch to cycling.