Phoenix Park managment to tackle illegal parking on cycle path after video goes viral

Office of Public Works management at the Phoenix Park said yesterday that they would look to stamp out illegal parking on the new two-way cycle path on the park’s Wellington Road.

Park rangers have placed traffic cones on the road and the use of Victorian hand rails, to segregate the cycle path and the single traffic lane beside it, is under consideration.

The move follows complaints to the Office of Public Works (OPW) and a video of motorists’ illegal parking on  the cycle path going viral after it was posted on Twitter and then reposted by the Dublin Cycling Campaign and others.

Hello... sorry to interrupt you: IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism supported by just over 250 readers like you -- they have subscribed for €5 per month or more. If you can, please join them and subscribe today. If you have already subscribed -- thank you! Now, back to the article...

The Park Superintendent office at the OPW said: “Last weekend was one of the busiest weekends of the year so far with an event involving almost 3,500 participants on Saturday and a Cargo Bike Championship taking place in the Park on Sunday. Phoenix Park management are aware of these incidents of parking and have placed cones along this area to stop it.”

The statement added: “The possibility of looking at the installation of Victorian hand rails in this area is also being considered”

IrishCycle.com reported on the cycle track last December highlighting how the OPW did not answer questions on how it would stop illegal parking at the location.

In December we reported how the illegal parking of cars partly or fully on the grass along the road has caused problems for years, so we asked how motorists will be stopped from parking on the cycle path, but the OPW only outlined the new arrangements.

Paul McDonnell, the park superintendent with the OPW, said: “With the introduction of the one way system and the new cycle trail there will be no parking on Wellington Road. There is a car park to the bottom of Khyber Road, less than 250 metres away from the end of Wellington Road.”

VIDEO: thanks to Brendan Stewart

Hello Reader... IrishCycle.com 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 IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com 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 February, 210 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.3% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers

Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

3 comments

  1. Common problem really. Happens all over up here in Belfast. Whilst the offence is committed by motorists, the cause is poorly designed cycle paths which are usually a line painted a metre out from the kerb on an existing road. Upper Newtownards Road and the Titanic Quarter spring to mind for me.

    Reply
  2. Long term solution is to make the cycle lane inaccessible to cars, but short-term ticketing illegally parked cars will quickly stop repeat offenders.

    Reply
  3. No it won’t, SteveO. A campaign against drivers playing with mobile phones while at the wheel worked for a few months; when the policing was stopped, homicidal phonedriving again became the norm. Separation by physical barriers is the only solution. Victorian handrails sound good.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

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