Mixed views on new cycle lane dividers in Dublin

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.”

Parking over the kerbs is a problem others have had:

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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