New bicycle parking installed in Sandymount last week was promptly removed by Dublin City Council after complaints from retailers and an emergency motion from a city councillor.
The motion was in the name of Labour Party councillor Dermot Lacey and is due to be discussed at a meeting staring at 3pm (see webcast).
The bicycle stands installed on Sandymount Road — which are part of a wider expansion of bicycle parking — were removed in about 24 hours.
“I want to bicycle racks in a safe place in Sandymount and would like to meet on site quickly to deliver them quickly,” Cllr Lacey told IrishCycle.com today.
He said he doesn’t have an issue with the principal of car parking being replaced with bicycle parking, but he added: “I don’t but this has to be done sensibly. That one wasn’t. I have not opposed any other one.”
The Sunday Times yesterday reported that Paddy Johnson, owner of the McAuliffe’s Pharmacy said that he does a lot of cycling himself but that there was “no consultation” and the bicycle parking racks were “just plonked outside my shop with one of them blocking the fire exit.”
The motion by Cllr Lacey said:
Emergency Motion for South East Area Committee:
Notes the extract below from correspondence from the Sandymont Tidy Towns Committee in relation to the installation of bicycle racks in Sandymount village.
Notes also that there was no consultation with Councillors in relation to the installation of such stands.
Supports the view from the local community that these locations are damaging to the interests of Sandymount Village.
Agrees that there are several alternative appropriate locations within less than five minutes walk form the village.
Agrees to work with the Manager to identify and agree alternative locations taking an equal number of Bicycle stands as proposed for Sandymount Road.
Requests the Manager to have the stands arrogantly placed on Sandymount Road to be removed.
Dear Mr. Keegan
Re: Proposed Bicycle stands and waste management issues in Sandymount Village
We are writing to you from the village of Sandymount in Dublin 4 where we represent the Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association (STTCA). We also work closely with the Sandymount & Merrion Residents Association (SAMRA) and are part of our local Business Network. While separate bodies, we work as voluntary teams maintaining the beautiful, historical and heritage village of Sandymount and we run a number of community events throughout the year promoting social cohesion and building on the community spirit of our village.
We are writing to you firstly in relation to the immediate works about to take place installing bike stands on Sandymount Road, taking up three car parking spaces. For the past two years we have been seeking extra bicycle stands and worked closely with the South East Area office, they worked on a walking audit with us of the village this year and we agreed with them key locations on suitable wide footpaths for new bike stands, the installation of which is due this summer. At no point were any stands on the street mentioned.
On May 1st works started on the street to apparently install new bike stands. This will take up valuable street car parking spaces of which there are few enough in our village and which our shops and businesses need for deliveries and also try to ensure safety for pedestrians. The Sandymount Business Association are furious at such a measure. All of this has been undertaken with no consultation what so ever with the local community. We cannot understand how when we have such good engagement with the South East Area in DCC, in planning our village that this work suddenly begins.
It will cause major problems with parking and pedestrian safety as it will be placed so close to a pedestrian crossing and ignores the wide footpath spaces around the Green we have already identified and that we understand are due bike stands. The lack of communication and joined up thinking is seriously questionable and undermines the work we as a community group in conjuction with DCC have done to date . We have been asking for a complete traffic management and traffic calming discussion with our group for many years as the Village has huge problems for pedestrians, older people and those with disabilities in the local REHAB and Enable Ireland Centres. As a community we face constant challenges trying to cross the busy Green junction. Following on from the aborted attempt to install a traffic island at the junction of the Green and Seafort Avenue, which was halted because busses were not able to get around said corner. This installation only exacerbates the situation.
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