— Buses and coaches to park again on cycle paths and footpath on Alfie Byrne Road.
— Practice is to close cycle path rather than close roadway continues.
Concert goers in the San Francisco Bay Area enjoyed free valet bicycle parking when U2 played at the Levi’s Stadium in May, but, for the band’s homecoming this weekend, Dublin is to close a section of its longest continuous cycle path.
Brendan English at the Garda press office, said: “Dublin City Council have approved all road closures for this event so I would refer your query to them. Stewards are employed at the location for the duration of the event for the safety of all concerned.”
Dublin City Council has not replied to repeated requests for comment on the closure of the cycle path at the Alfie Byrne Road. The road has been used for concerts but the council has yet to clarify what legal means is being used for the closure.
As we reported, it was claimed the cycle path was closed for a recent Coldplay concert for “safety reasons”.
The situation in Dublin contrasts to the San Francisco, where concert, sporting and other events are legally mandated to have secure, guarded bicycle parking for events.
For the U2 gig, the Levi’s Stadium website said: “Bicycle parking will be located outside of Intel Gate A pedestrian bridge. All ticketed guests will be permitted the use of the San Tomas Aquino Creek trail beginning at 2pm. The Silicon Valley bicycle coalition will be administering this operation.”
On its website, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition explains: “Valet bike parking is like a coat check for bicycles. Cyclists are issued tickets in exchange for their bikes and our staff guards them in a secure enclosure. Over the years, we have parked tens of thousands of bikes and have an excellent safety record.”
The groups says that its service gives “event attendees peace of mind – People don’t ride to events where they have to worry about their bikes being stolen or vandalized. A bike parking service ensures that even small bicycle accessories and lights will be safe.”
Another benefit listed for the service at Levi’s Stadium is the ability to “Skip the long bag check lines — leave your belongings on your bicycle when you hand it over to the bike parking team. After, pick up your bike and ride on out easy. Our longest line ever at event’s end has been 12 minutes.”
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The nearby San Francisco Bicycle Coalition run a similar services for events in its area. It’s website says: “Monitored bicycle parking is required for events requiring a street closure and with an anticipated number of participants greater than 2,000 (SF Administrative Code, Section 2.76). While we’re not the only bike parking solution, we pride ourselves on being the best one.”
Update: The Dublin Cycling Campaign said this morning that “The Croke Park event parking plan, which sacrifices the cycle lane on Alfie Byrne Road for private coach parking, is totally unacceptable.”
IMAGES: Photos of bus parking for recent Coldplay concert thanks to @CitizenW0lf on Twitter.