A planned meeting today which was open to “all residents of Dublin 6” to discuss the proposed South Dublin Quietway is cancelled according to its organiser because it was feared that cyclists were going to hijack the event.
According to a message passed onto this website, the organiser said that their “information meeting” was cancelled on “public liability grounds” and that this “has arisen because of concerns and hijacking by social media, Facebook and The Cyclist lobby group.”
As we reported on Monday, a leaflet for the meeting which was distributed around Cowper Road area said: “This proposal may have serious consequences for you with traffic rerouting and road closures using BOLLARDS.”
Bollards have been used in a large number residential streets in Dublin to stop rat running, although the measure is come up against strong opposition in Dublin 6, as well as in Drumcondra, where a trial is coming to its end.
The use of bollards is seen by experts as the most effect form of traffic calming and is even more common in the Netherlands (pictured above) and parts of London.
A previous meeting on the Quietway heard objections including claims that the quietway would devalue property and infringe on one of the objector’s constitutional right to enjoy his property. Advocates say that the evidence indicates that similar measures actually increase property values.
IMAGE: Bollards used to stop rat running in Rathmines.