— Layout has added steel poles to 75 plastic bollards on 180m section of shared path.
— Plastic bollards are same type used to protect cycle lanes by councils.
South Dublin County Council — which has just been given walking and cycling funding of over €20,700,000 — said that it was “happy” with the safety impact of steel poles placed on a narrow shared surface walking and cycling path.
The new traffic sign poles added to the mix are full-sized traffic signs used usually to warn motorists. Traffic sign guidance also makes in clear that sign poles should not be placed in the middle of paths.
The layout of plastic bollards on Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 gained attention when photos started circulating on online last month.
In the last 24 hours, Twitter user Keith @ Dublin asked the council: “Is this not a dangerous place to put a steel pole – IN FRONT OF the line of plastic red bollards at Stocking Lane? Surely they are plastic to reduce injuries if there is an impact? Why then put a heavy steel pole in front?
The official account of South Dublin County Council replied: “No, SDCC and its Consultants are happy with the steel pole.”
The council separately replied that “The review period [for the layout] will take a number of months.”
As IrishCycle.com reported last month, South Dublin County Council continues to place gates and other barriers on cycle route. Despite this, the National Transport Authority allocated the council the fourth highest amount of national walking and cycling funding which was issue last week.
No, SDCC and its Consultants are happy with the steel pole.
— South Dublin County Council (@sdublincoco) February 16, 2021