Why are Irish councils obsessed with mixing cyclists and pedestrians?

Shared use: Canal Way premium cycleway in the Docklands is interrupted by shared use at a junction.

One of the most often heard complaints about cyclists is cycling on footpaths. So, it would seem a bit like madness for the councils who design our roads and streets to continue to design space which mixes cyclists and pedestrians.

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Fix the streets: Reporting issues to your council

Fixed — although it appeared in the Sunday Times first.

Is there an annoying pot hole on your commute? Or a broken street light on your street? There’s now two national websites which can be used to report problems on streets to any county council:

  • FixMyStreet.ie run by not-for-profit organisation, MyGov, who also run KildareStreet.ie.
  • FixYourStreet.ie run by South Dublin County Council on behalf of the government.

Or if you live in Northern Ireland you can have the pleasure of using the original and superior fixmystreet.com, run by UK charity mySociety.

Mayo to ban cycling in graveyards, where driving is allowed

A man cycling in a Mayo graveyard

Mayo residents mourning the loss of a love one, or those visiting the graves of family or friends, may soon find themselves “guilty of misconduct” if they use their bicycles to get to the graveside.

Mayo County Council’s proposed graveyard bylaws, if enacted, will ban cycling in graveyards, labelling using the mode of transport as “misconduct”.

The ban on cycling would cover many graveyards in Mayo where it is permitted for motorists to drive around — including larger cemeteries where a round trip from graveside to the main road can be up to 1km.

Here’s the misconduct section of the bylaws, the General Regulations For Burial Grounds in Co Mayo

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Dublin Bikes nears 5m rentals in 3.5 years

Dublin City Council has said Dublin Bikes users have clocked up 4.7 million rentals, between September 2009 and last week.

The system has 53,000 long-term subscribers who pay €10 annually — around 8,000 extra compared to a year ago without any increase in the number of bikes.

Tourists and others have bought over 38,000 three-day tickets at €2 each — amounting to around 7,000 in the last year.

The average journey time is 13 minutes and 95% of journeys are under 30 minutes, which are free.

Each bike is rented around 10 times a day. The busiest day last month was on Thursday the 5th when the bikes were rented over 5,700 times.


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