No paywall and let's keep it that way. Support reader-funded journalism, subscribe today.

Photoshop used to highlight repainting of cycle lane half overgrown with grass

South Dublin County Council has just half repainted while lines defining cycle paths on a road in Templeogue in Dublin — only half, because the other edge of the cycle path is covered in grass.

The half repainting job on Cypress Grove Road was highlighted by @IsMiseNessy on Twitter with some Photoshopping. She wrote: “Which bright spark’s idea is to waste €’s painting cycle lanes that cyclists can’t use? Could ye not have removed the overgrown grass too?”

In some locations along the road, Google Street View images from different years tracks the growth of the grass onto the cycle paths. As the above image shows, the grass is now encroaching on nearly half of some parts of the cycle paths.

Street View also shows how the lines marking out the cycle path used to be painted on both sides of the path:

The now aged design of the Cypress Grove Road route is a Dutch-inspired (but not quite Dutch design) with cycling losing priority at minor side roads — not a very Dutch design element: is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

September subscription drive update: has 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), but this is unlikely and so the new target is the end of the year.

If you can help push above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

*** is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

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, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

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!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via

Cian Ginty


  1. That’s ridiculous and a half arsed effort by authorities and perhaps by community, like they should be getting it improved for their children’s safety.

  2. Ah well now, dat be demarcation. We only paint lines on roads, the parks dept are responsible for de grass and will get round to it whenever…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.