A bit of perspective needed on the Fitzwilliam Cycle Route

COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Last year I covered the Fitzwilliam Cycle Route mainly in a number of news articles, but, after cycling on the street a few days ago, I was left wondering how much perspective can be lost when discussing new cycle route?

This video on Twitter I think gives a better impression of the width of the street and the lack of traffic — as most people were still on their Christmas holidays on January 2nd — shows just how wide the street is:

Among claims from a small but well-resourced group of residents included that the project to narrow the space for cars would make the area less attractive to the area being re-populated with residents and that it would make safety worse. It was billed as the kind of place that doesn’t need change.

The realty is starkly different — even while it was quiet, I witnessed a farther finding it difficult to cross the road with children and a finding it hard to figure out how to overtake a cyclist.

There might be some details that need sorting but no resident or councillor or anybody else who claim to support cycling infrastructure suitable for all ages can object to the cycle route with a straight face.

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.

2 Comments

  1. But the noise of bicycle bells and the smell of sweat and chain oil and lots of lycra and lowering the tone and they are not paying road tax and and ……

  2. Hear Hear Cian! No further comment necessary!

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