Dublin City Council apologised yesterday for an outburst on its @DCCTraffic Twitter account in reply complaints from cycling campaigners about the city’s policy of directing buses and coaches to park on cycle tracks.
I Bike Dublin was complaining about the council agreeing to a large number of buses to stop at the front of Custom House when there isn’t enough space; coach parking on the footpath and cycle path outside the 3 Arena; and the council sanctioning coach parking on the S2S cycle path on the Alfie Byrne Road for U2, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen and other events held in Croke Park.
I Bike Dublin tweeted: “@DCCTraffic we need to talk. NTA and Gardai are pointing fingers at you on cycling safety issues we have raise with them”.
An official in the council’s transport department replied to cycling campaigners’ safety concerns by tweeting “let he without sin cast the…………” and linking to a video of a cyclist hitting a railway barrier.
After hours the tweet was deleted and @DCCTraffic then tweeted: “We sincerely apologise for a tweet sent earlier today and for any offence caused. It does not reflect the views of the City Council.”
Ciaran Cannon, the junior minister for the diaspora and international development, said that the tweet was an “Utterly shameful message emanating from a state sponsored body charged with traffic management and road user safety in Dublin city.” Cannon cycles in Dublin and is a supporter of cycling safety incentives.
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When the council’s tweet was deleted, Cannon said: “Thanks for the apology. Also need to acknowledge presence of 95,000 cyclists on your streets every day and stop permitting blocking of cycle lanes.”
Cllr Patrick Costello (Green Party) said: “Disappointing @DCCTraffic not only ignores concerns but replies with misplaced ad hominem attack. Safety issue ignored by @DubCityCouncil.”
Cllr Costello later added: “Glad to see tweet deleted, and apology… now we just need to look at the very real concerns raised by @IBIKEDublin in the first place! Meeting with @IBIKEDublin the hear the issues directly would be the best way for @DubCityCouncil council to come back from this!”
Others reacted with humour:
Shall we divulge the secret place, where all cyclists meet everyday and decide to behave exactly the same..?
Is this fella your admin DCCT? pic.twitter.com/davYmkZzjL
— Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 (@SafeCyclingEire) October 27, 2017
Speaking to IrishCycle.com, a spokesperson for I Bike Dublin said that it was still seeking a meeting with the council.
The group said: “We are concerned that the antipathy towards people who cycle has clearly spread into our public service. We desperately need inclusive policies that acknowledge the over 95,000 daily cyclists in our streets as legitimate citizens engaged in a healthy and positive choice of transport that benefits our economy, the people and the environment.”
Dublin City Council did not respond to a request for comment.