A contra-flow cycle lane on St Andrew’s Street, off Dame Street in Dublin 2, might be segregated with bollards after protesters highlighted the chronic illegal parking and loading on the lane.
The chairman of the Dublin City Council transport committee, Cllr Ciaran Cuffe (Green Party), wrote last week to the council’s transport department requesting the installation of flexible bollards after the first protest by the newly formed ‘I Bike Dublin’ group.
“If Cllr Cuffes plans gets accepted it’ll be a first, hopefully of many, small victory,” said Vanessa Sterry, a spokesperson for I Bike Dublin.
Yesterday evening the group staged its second protest on St Andrew’s Street, after a morning protest a week before. Sterry said the atmosphere at the event was friendly, with tourists and locals asking them what they were doing.
“Wands (flexible bollards) aren’t pretty but neither are bollards, but it’s the only real deterrent,” said Sterry. “Ideally something a little more colourful like flower boxes would be amazing but you can’t have everything I suppose.”
Cllr Cuffe said: “Initiatives such as ‘I Bike Dublin’ deserve support. The mood was upbeat at today’s protest, but there is a serious underlying message. Cyclists are put in danger when vehicles obstruct cycle lanes. The guards and local authorities can and should do more to ensure that cycle lanes are kept free of obstructions. The Green Party is pleased to support this initiative.”
I Bike Dublin are looking at other cycle lanes to protest, suggestions on Twitter include the contra-flow Bull Alley St and the cycle lanes in locations such as Ranelagh.
IMAGE: Via Eamon Ryan on Twitter.