Comments made by Dublin lord mayor, Cllr Brendan Carr, implying that people on bicycles never cycled home with bags of shopping were “ridiculous and offence” Cllr Paul Hand has said.
Cllr Hand (independent) used speaking time at the Dublin City transport committee to rebuke Cllr Carr’s comments.
“Regarding the lord mayor, he did make a few ridiculous and offence comments regarding cyclists who apparently when they cycle to the city centre they don’t spend any money,” said Cllr Hand.
He was interrupted by the chairman of the committee, Cllr Ciaran Cuffe (Green) who said it was inappropriate when Cllr Carr was not these to reply.
Cllr Carr had been a guest at the meeting to speak about Liffey Cycle Route, but he seemed to leave the council chamber shortly after his contribution, which claimed cyclists got “everything they wanted” with the sub-standard Option 8.
Cllr Hand added: “I’m going to say it in public anyway and I will email him. I think it is offence to say that cyclists don’t spend any money in the city centre when it’s quite clear that they do. That’s a point that needs to be made.”
Cllr Carr made his comments on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny show, which he was on after he had used the launch of Dublin hosting the 2019 Velo-City cycling conference to argue against the then preferred route for the Liffey Cycle Route.
On Newstalk, Cllr Carr said: “Motorists are coming into the city and keeping businesses alive”. 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.”
The comments speared on more active local use of the #shopbybike hastag on Twitter.