— Barriers which block child seats and panniers issue for locals on route too.
A family with children on a touring holiday were blocked on the Grand Canal greenway in Dublin yesterday, forced to use busy roads.
The Grand Canal greenway was built as part of a €25 million project which included ESB and other utility ducting. The greenway starts on the city side at Inchicore and offers a nearly 9km traffic-free route to Adamstown.
The barriers on the Grand Canal Greenway were installed to cut down on mopeds using the canal path, but the gates on the route seem to have a bigger impact on legitimate users. IrishCycle.com readers have previously told this website that the barriers do not stop horses or mopeds from being used along the canal and are a source of danger where groups of youths gather.
The tourist family had two children with them — one on their own bicycle and one on a child seat. The bicycles were loaded with touring panniers.
The barriers also block bicycles used by people with disabilities, larger Dutch bicycles or other bicycles with wider handlebars, and cargo bicycles and bicycles trailers used by parents to cycle their children, as well as carrying pets or other cargo.
South Dublin Co Co get rid of these discriminatory gates now! They only serve to punish the innocent. @sdublincoco @IBIKEDublin @dublincycling @Cyclistie @IrishCycle @linef4ult @Dublin_Suzy @DublinCommuters @DublinVelo2019 @greenparty_ie @greenpartydubC @zynks @SusanTheSilent pic.twitter.com/9Xs1Sjr0xX
— Citizen Wolf (@CitizenW0lf) July 28, 2019
The twitter user said that the flag on their bicycle suggests that they were Czech.
Last year when covering this issue, 85% of 368 respondents to a poll run by this website said that they would me more likely to use the canals if the restrictive barriers were removed. Another 8% said that they may be more likely to use the canals if the barriers were removed.
The “eyes on the street” approach to planning and design shows that when there’s more people using a space, passive surveillance reduces the number of isolated places where crime can take place unseen and makes areas unwelcoming to anti-social behaviour. This was used to keep DublinBikes stations safe.
At the time last year, Katrina McGirr, spokeswoman for Waterways Ireland, the all-island body which looks after canals, said: “The canal towpaths managed by Waterways Ireland welcome a wide range of users, including leisure cyclists, walkers and commuters. The barriers in place have been placed to assist the safe use of the towpath by these users. Anti-social and criminal behaviour is a matter for the Gardai.”
Asked what exactly the barriers are designed to stop, McGirr said: “I can confirm that the barriers are in place to regulate the users of the towpath, encouraging safe speeds and recognition of the diversity of users. Anti-social people within some communities have always used a range of activity to impact on their own communities usage of the public recreational space on the towpath. Waterways Ireland has worked with the Gardai over many years in addressing these issues and will continue to do so.”