PLEASE NOTE: This article is from December 2018.
Plastic “Orca” dividers installed on a cycle lane in Dublin this week has fired up mixed opinion — with then being viewed as everything from welcomed light segregation to hazards for right-turning cyclists and it not being real segregation.
The Orcas were installed on Leason Street approaching St Stephen’s Green.
The Orcas are similar to but different than “Armadillos” humps. Orcas are rounded on the cycling lane side and have a flat face on the side installed towards motorists, while Armadillos are rounded on both sides.
Unusually, at least compared to high-profile examples in the UK, the plastic kerbs on Leason Street were installed on a broken-lined cycle lane, where driving and loading is not illegal, unless a clearway is in effect. The width of the lane is also narrower than recommended for segregation.
Twitter users have also posted images of a Guinness truck over the Orcas and An Post van parked positioned before them.
Dublin City Council have yet to answer questions sent by IrishCycle.com, but the council’s @DCCTraffic account confirmed it was the council who installed the plastic kerbs, not “gorilla” bicycle protection has has happen in other countries.
@DCCTraffic said: “Orca Kerbing have been installed by Dublin City Council on Leeson Street as a further safety measure for cyclists in the city.”
Orca Kerbing have been installed by Dublin City Council on Leeson Street as a further safety measure for cyclists in the city. pic.twitter.com/b5DNZf64bw
— Traffic Management Centre (@DCCTraffic) December 5, 2018
Was on leeson st and excited to actually see the armadillos and of course there’s both a post van and a Guinness lorry parked over them… pic.twitter.com/CPflcMoW6Z
— Nollaig Shona Buit (@bewkhewker) December 5, 2018
It was great to see @DubCityCouncil‘s new ‘armadillos’ in action on Leeson Street this morning. They seem to be very effective at keeping drivers from encroaching on the cycle lane. This used to be a pinch point for cyclists approaching Stephen’s Green. #QuickWinsDublin pic.twitter.com/Jzfiimqhj0
— Dublin Cycling 🚲 (@dublincycling) December 4, 2018
Used it this morning at 8.45, first time I haven’t been squeezed there. Very effective, pretty intimidating for cars, more realistic than poles if 2 buses or trucks need the extra space momentarily to pass…. Bravo @DubCityCouncil
— Hans Frederiks (@HFrederiks) December 3, 2018
Parking over the kerbs is a problem others have had:
Van parked in cycle lane this evening so pushed me across into traffic which wasn’t expecting me to be there! Great in theory!!
— Prof Danielle Clarke (@rhetorician) December 4, 2018
Hello Reader... IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.
There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!
Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.
I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.
The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of February, 210 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!
But currently, it's only around 1.3% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers