We’re looking for cyclists and bus users to come together and catalogue who’s blocking the bus lanes of Dublin and other Irish cities.
You can tag your images with #blockedbuslane (on both Twitter and Mastodon), or email them to email@example.com.
Why do this? We keep seeing images like this:
So, it’s very strange that Dublin Bus — publically at least — hardly ever mentions traffic enforcement. Not when they are interviewed, not on social media and not at local or national transport committee meetings.
Today, Dermot O’Leary, general secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), was also paraphrased by the Irish Independent as saying it’s traffic jams due to cyclists and trams.
O’Leary, the newspaper reported, referred to the known main issue of recruiting and retaining bus drivers and the need for more drivers for BusConnects. Then goes on to talk about traffic jams caused by trams and cyclists.
O’Leary said, according to the Irish Indepdent reporter’s words: “Added to that is unrealistic journey times set out by the NTA which do not accurately reflect what is happening on the ground in terms of traffic-jams in the Dublin city centre due to the presence of cyclists and Luas trams operating on the same roads as buses, he said” (Again: This is a quote of how the newspaper paraphrased O’Leary, it’s not a direct quote from him).
So, who’s really blocking the bus lanes in Dublin? Tag your images with #blockedbuslane and tag @irishcycle (on both Twitter and Mastodon), or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.