Cycling to school in Ireland isn’t safe everywhere but there’s hope and things are changing for the better. Here’s a bit of a roundup…
RTÉ News today covered Limerick Cycle Bus and the retention of Shannon Bridge, as well as cycling to school in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area of Dublin and Kerry:
As the school year gets under way, there's been a jump in the number of children cycling to and from school. For those biking it for the first time, groups around the country are offering help and advice under the Get to school on your own fuel banner. | https://t.co/6KpQo48hpy pic.twitter.com/0gN7hBTLjF— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 1, 2020
In Dublin City Centre, the filtered permeability bollards on Grangegorman Lower are blocking rat running, calming the streets and helping children cycle to school:
This morning’s walk. pic.twitter.com/kZJy2xzqzU— Stephanie Dickenson (@StephDickenson) September 1, 2020
This is what around the sane spot used to look like:
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is the councils getting most of the praise:
The new, segregated cycle lane on Newtownpark Ave makes the commute to & from school by bicycle a safe & viable option. Kudos @dlrcc. @dublincycling @dlrcycling @IrishCycle @Iloveblackrock @blackrockette @SeafraBlackrock #cycle #cycling #blackrock pic.twitter.com/3n4VMpEbzE— Dick Notrom (@Devilsad2) September 1, 2020
Here a senior Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council official links to its Active School Travel Initiative:
A new cycle bus is also running in Clontarf:
In north Dublin, in the Fingal area, Malahide’s School Street has returned… other places are due to trial ‘School Zones’ which will not restrict cars as much:
As children return to school, the School Streets Initiative has resumed in Malahide between 8:30-9:15am & 1pm-2:45pm, Monday to Friday. Free Park & Stride facilities are provided at Bridgefield Car Park, Back Road Car Park and Seabanks Car Park. #BackToSchool pic.twitter.com/ahl4bnzkIa— Fingal County Council (@Fingalcoco) September 1, 2020
But there’s still a lot of work to do across Dublin and across the country:
the council can put paint on every stretch of road they can find, but if junctions are not well thought out, its all for nothing.— Alan D (@AlanDub13) September 1, 2020
it should not be this complicated, kids should not need to preempt left hooks on their way to school pic.twitter.com/KemQNcxTxk
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