A Green Party TD has called Sinn Féin objections to a protected cycle lane “populist, anti-cycling, anti-road safety, anti-climate action bolloxology”.
The comments were made following an article covering complaints from a Sinn Féin TD and councilor about the bollards on the cycle lane on Bray’s Main Street.
It is understood that one of the main issues with traffic congestion is with a loading bay which intersects the cycle lane close to its starting point at one end of the street. The loading bay pre-dates bollards being installed late last year and is often used illegally by drivers of cars.
Steven Matthews, a Green Party TD for Wicklow, said: “This is the type of populist, anti-cycling, anti-road safety, anti-climate action bolloxology you can expect from this lot.”
“I see school kids/cyclists/scooters struggling every day on Main Street and this short section has given them safety. Imagine denying their safety for votes,” said Deputy Matthews.
He was referring to a Bray People article in which Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady and his party colleague Councillor Mick Ryan called for a review of the plastic bollards protecting cycle lanes on Main Street.
Deputy Brady told the Bray People that: “The focus of apprehension lies particularly on Bray Main Street, where these bollards have become a source of significant traffic congestion, creating a bottleneck effect due to the insufficient width of the road in sections. The road’s constrained dimensions hinder the smooth passage of buses and vans, resulting in a gridlock that obstructs the entire street.”
The Sinn Féin TD said that “in principle” they support segregated cycle tracks but had concerns around the congestion, safety, lack of public consultation, and access for the emergency services and deliveries.
The complaints somewhat mirror some of the reasoning for the Sinn Féin opposition of the pedestrianisation of New Street in Malahide and planned and recently installed cycle paths in Tallaght.
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Bray Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Ryan also told the Bray People: “Our concern extends beyond Bray Main Street to other areas within the town where these plastic bollards have suffered damage” which is a “clear and immediate risk to cyclists and pedestrians alike”.