Dubliners vent frustration on #VC19 cycling conference attendees with #TheGoodRoom

Attendees to the Velo-city international cycling conference in the Dublin Docklands this week are being treated to a welcome with Dubliners tweeting images using #TheGoodRoom hastag on Twitter.

Although most of the residents seem to see the issues themselves — as this website reported yesterdayKlaus Bondam, the CEO of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, described how he walked along the River Liffey and said that sharing with cars and buses might suit some people who cycle but not many, he told Dublin to “Get its act together”.

Here’s a selection of what people are saying about Dublin’s cycling infrastructure and the lack of such:

A different perspective:

Translation: “Yesterday we arrived at a 30-minute taxi ride from the hotel, 3 km from the conference building, and today we are 10 minutes by bike in the morning. Biking in Dunbin isn’t bad, it just feels a bit weird to go to the left of the road #vc19”

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. Officials here already know the score, so come next week, all of this will have died down and we’ll be back to business as usual. And of course, in Ireland business as usual means cars, car, cars.

  2. Pissed off VC19 attendee June 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Notable was the tripe fed to delegates by the NTA about the wonderful 200km of “segregated” cycle tracks that will be provided with Bus Connects. The Bus Connects proposed treatment of cyclists at (signalised) junctions puts cyclists from a minimal level of segregation (vertical segregation and no horizontal segregation) to a situation of no segregation through junctions: LOCATIONS WHERE RISK OF COLLISIONS are greater. The NTA’s approach to design does not allow for cycling for all: it only caters to the male Lycra clad high vis with plastic hat type. If the NTA were paying attention at Velo City then they would have heard that they should be designing for “all” and providing fully protected facilities i.e. Dutch standard and not a continuation of the half-arsed BS that it looks like we getting for Bus Connects.

    Oh and see all that lovely red surfacing on the scheme drawings? Unlikely to happen: against Dublin City Council policy. Too much hassle to maintain. FFS.

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