I Bike Dublin — campaigners focused on keeping cycle lanes clear of motorist’s vehicles — said today that members of the public photographed more vehicles illegally parked in a week than the Gardai fined in a full year.
The #freethecyclelanes hashtag was used on Twitter to crowdsource the images.
The group Tweeted: “So we took @GardaTraffic’s yearly performance for issuing fines for parking illegally in cycling lanes over a full year (in the full country) and our community worked to beat that figure in one week on their daily commutes. Here are the provisional results:”
According to some of the nearly 80 people involved taking the photographs, they only took photos of cars blocking cycle lanes when they were not in a hurry to work. Another said that he stopped half way through the week and a third said he only took one photo.
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