A local TD has asked South Dublin County Council to remove “confusing” cycle lanes marked within general traffic lanes on Mayberry Road, Dublin 24. The layout is similar to how cycle lanes used to be marked within narrow bus lanes — many of which have been removed partly because they were viewed to encourage close overtaking by motorists.
There are now typically three general traffic lanes on Mayberry Road, including right hand turning lanes. The size of both kerb-side lanes vary but, for most of the road, cars cannot fit within the lanes and avoid the cycle lanes.
The road — which was widened, resurfaced and remarked in the last year — is a link road between the Greenhills Road and Belgard Road in the Kilnamanagh area of Tallaght.
“The ultimate nightmare for any road user is uncertainty, confusion, and a road signage layout that doesn’t make sense, but that is what is facing drivers on the Mayberry Road in the Kilnamanagh area of Tallaght,” said Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin).
“The new road markings for cars and cyclists have become a talking point with many expressing a real and genuine fear over the possible implications of the new road markings. It’s clear that the width of the road markings for cars and buses is way off and this is distracting to drivers. It is impossible for a large vehicle to stay within the current markings. I fear it will create a number of insurance problems if an accident should occur on that stretch of road,” said Crowe, in a statement posted on his website late last month.
He said: “As someone who regularly travels along the Mayberry Road, passing the Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre and towards the Greenhills Road, the challenge on the road is obvious. I am amazed and somewhat surprised that someone from South Dublin County Council authorised and actually signed off on this particular road signage job.”
Crowe added: “I am calling on South Dublin County Council to carry out a review and remove these markings that are clearly substandard, not fit for purpose, and creating a traffic hazard for road users.”
The lanes are visible in recent Google Maps satellite imagery updates: