YEAR-IN-REVIEW: Most people were thankful to say good bye to 2020. In case you want to look back at some of IrishCycle.com’s articles from the past year, below are lists of articles including the top read ones and ones which might have been missed.
It was a mixed year for cycling in the country overall, with more people cycling and more funding promised for cycling. But, while COVID-19 mobility projects gained traction in different parts of Dublin, the simplest of measures were ripped out in Limerick and Cork is still waiting for significance action, with some signs of hope. Little or noting at all happened in other areas. Only time will tell if 2021 will bring wider success or mainly just more public consultation.
There’s now more inspiration out there than ever before from success stories and more people battling on, facing of the apparent unwavering status quo. Let’s hope 2021 is the year where we see more positive movement against the status quo of car-dominated streets and roads.
Top 20 most viewed articles of 2020
- Cycle to Work tax assistance increases to €1,250 and €1,500 for pedal assist electric bicycles
- Ireland’s longest off-road cycle route is open: Over 100km between Maynooth and Athlone
- First look at the proposed coastal two-way cycle path in Dublin’s Sandymount
- 7 reasons mandatory helmets are not a good idea for Mayo greenways
- Department of Education to reopen its Cycle to Work scheme on June 8
- €120 fine and 3 penalty points for another Irish motorist unwilling to give cyclists space
- Royal Canal Greenway between Docklands and North Strand Road to open in May
- Gardai nab reckless motorists going so fast they didn’t see high visibility speed enforcement
- Dublin driver gets points for sideswiping cyclist
- Galway City Ring Road: A 20th Century solution to a 21st Century problem
- New no cycling signs in Dublin park leads to 4-year-old “left in tears” after adults shouts at him
- Kerry Co Co planning detour from approved greenway due to business on old railway line
- VIDEO: Bicycle theft using angle grinder in broad daylight in the Dublin Docklands
- Dublin to get coastal cycle route after large majority support Sandymount trial
- An Bord Pleanála deny climate impact of new Dublin dual carriageway
- Garda Sergeant doesn’t see issue with truck driver blaring horn, not slowing down before close passing bicycle
- Ireland’s climate minister argues against walking and cycling funding
- Programme for government set to bring Ireland to Dutch level of cycling funding
- Cycling campaigners “exasperated” at examples of “bullying and intimidation” by Dublin Bus drivers
- Months later, Gardaí yet to view video of motorist knocking man off his bicycle
6 suggestions of action which can still be taken in 2021
- 11 steps to take if you want safer, healthier, greener streets and roads
- How to quick-build an east-west route along the Grand Canal in central Dublin
- Will the south Dublin coastal route cause a rethink on #liffeycycle Route?
- Current crisis needs to be wake up call for radical change to tackle other crisis
- How to build a quick-build north-south cycle route in Dublin City Centre
- Barriers on walking and cycling routes, and parks, are cruel
A pick of 10 other articles you might have missed in 2020
- Hope of a more active school run across Ireland
- Programme for government set to bring Ireland to Dutch level of cycling funding
- TII seems to be treating walking and cycling like a multi-million euro dark joke
- Donuts lanes: Gardai accused of repeatedly parking in cycle lanes to pick up snacks, coffee, lunch
- Netherlands not a ‘Bicycle Paradise’ — shift in thinking needed to follow Dutch cycling-friendliness
- Sandymount cycle path: Claims by residents’ group are just plain wrong
- Is Ireland’s National Transport Authority’s commitment to cycling now in question?
- Three countries in one day
- How looking at Dutch cycling has convinced me: Ireland is primed to make cycling mainstream again
- 16 before and after images where cars were removed
While we’re at it, here’s another 10…
- What’s the future for multi-storey car parks in Dublin City Centre?
- Green TD and campaigners call on Ryan to intervene in “outdated” Limerick transport strategy
- NTA claims bicycle share use fall due to switch to bus, but users report system in disrepair
- WATCH: What was the vision for cycling in Dublin in 2005?
- NTA’s 2040 vision for commuters in Cork: 50% in cars, just 4% on bicycles
- Pre-COVID 19 Dublin traffic count showed 71% of commuters using sustainable transport
- Dublin forced to take action as air pollution linked to traffic breaches EU limits
- 95% of College Green Plaza submissions so-far favour pedestrianising more of Dame St
- NTA shoots down plan for segregated cycle path during major road works for Clontarf cycle route
- €55m in pedestrian and cycling Jobs Stimulus funding includes millions on general road resurfacing
Just in case you’re still on holidays, here’s another 10…
- Ranelagh to have car parking inside cycle lane after multi-million euro cycle route upgrade
- Phoenix Park gates decision taken by Minister O’Donovan against advice from officials
- Councillors vote against temporary cycle path in Galway’s Salthill despite “over-whelming” public support
- Council defends removing protection on Limerick cycle lane saying businesses lobbied to rip out bollards
- Connolly Quarter developer claims car park over railway tracks does not need planning permission and follow up
- Claim of highly popular new cycle route delaying lifeboat access “cannot be substantiated”
- Two Dublin TDs claim to support cycling, object to safe school routes where motorists disrupted
- How to report a ‘dangerous overtaking of a cyclist’ incident
- Department of Transport delayed on bicycle traffic lights needed for segregated cycle routes
- The fun starts quickly on a cycling commute in Dublin
Articles from previous years which keep getting read
- How to bring bicycles on public transport
- Child carrying options
- Gardai warn bikes with petrol engines attached are low-powered motorcycles
- 6 reasons bicycle helmets shouldn’t be any government’s policy
- When a cycle lane does more harm than good
- Starting to cycle on Irish streets? Here’s our top 12 safety tips
- 8 things people say about cyclists which shows an irrational problem with cycling
- Is Dublin a low density city?
- How to request CCTV from Dublin Bus using GDPR
- Cyclists don’t have to use cycle lanes new legislation confirms
- Why I cycle in the middle of the road and I hate it
- Dublin’s Eastern Bypass motorway route moved beside homes without public consultation
- Car use amounts to ~13% of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions
- You can cycle in the “centre of the road”, says revised Rules of the Road
- Massive Blanchardstown road interchange upgrade mixes cycling and walking
- DATA IN IMAGES: Cars in Dublin City Centre
- The time I cycled the long way from Amsterdam Schiphal to Utrecht on a cheap Chinese rental bike
- 6 problem areas with cycling in Ireland today and the solutions
- Here’s how the Netherlands deals with bicycle / train commuting…
- IMAGES: How Dutch bicycles are designed to carry what people need
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