Cycling campaigners in Dublin have criticised comments from the managing director of the company which operates the Luas tram system in as “false” and “dismissive”.
In advance of tomorrow’s opening of Luas Cross City, an extension of the current green line, The Irish Times reported that Peter Lunden-Welden, the managing director of Transdev, as claiming that the issues with cycling and the Luas Cross City project were “unique”.
“Well that’s just false & dismissive from Luas,” said the Dublin Cycling Campaign on twitter. “Spokes Lothian [the cycling campain for Edinburgh] campaigned for years in Edinburgh to highlight safety concerns with their trams. They were ignored and a cyclist was killed this year when she fell off & was hit by a tailgating minibus.”
They added: “Much of the tram/cycling problems in Dublin have been mirrored in Edinburgh, as can be seen on @SpokesLothian’s website. We just hope it doesn’t take a cyclist’s death before the National Transport Authority and Luas start listening to our concerns.
The campain quoted Spokes Lothian: “Most of the problems arise because the tramline layout was decided with a ‘one track’ approach in around 2008 i.e. deciding the tramline layout first and leaving until later the question of how cycling, walking, buses etc would be integrated” and asked does that “Sound familiar @luas?”.
UPDATED: A reader, named Micko, also points out: “It’s not just Edinburgh and Dublin. I’ve seen numerous articles about Manchester too”, pointing to a Manchester Evening News article with the headline “Metrolink must make tram routes safer for cyclists ‘before someone dies’, say campaigners”.
The Irish Times also reported that “In Amsterdam, he says, trams and bicycles normally use the same lanes ‘because they think that trams and bicycles are working together. They don’t want to have the bicycles together with the cars.'”
But it’s unclear what is the source of this claim — authorities in Amsterdam use a high level of segregation between bicycles and trams.
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