Why motorists might be making a fool of themselves by shouting “Use the cycle lane”

COMMENT & ANALYSIS: One of this website’s most popular articles is ‘25 reasons why cyclists don’t use cycle lanes‘ — here’s reason 26: “There’s a wall in the way and I cannot jump the wall”:

https://twitter.com/alan_downtown/status/1162030163607064577

This older part of the S2S Dublin Bay cycle route behind the wall is very narrow and has little more than a painted lines separating walking and cycling. In any case, motorists should not be abusive to cyclists regardless of what access points there are.

In this case, there’s literally a wall in the way. At Bayside Blvd South (as well as at some other junctions), the S2S cycle route is behind a wall with no direct access:

Bayside Blvd South is the side road shown below at the point where the yellow and orange lines meet on the map — the yellow route is the shortest from Bayside Blvd South to access the cycle path

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.

3 Comments

  1. We should start shouting “Park on the street, not on the cycle lane or footpath”

  2. @Sam Or just ‘fu*k off, I’m fully allowed to cycle here’ :)

  3. Tell them you have a right to cycle there,they are only allowed to drive there by licence.

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