It was terrific to see so many out on the Great Dublin Bike Ride last weekend organised by Cycling Ireland. We hope that the increased numbers taking part in Sportifs is translating – and continues to translate – into more and more people seeing cycling as the best way to commute in towns and cities. But not just commuting of course – we maintain there is HUGE potential for far more trips to the shops, GAA / soccer / rugby matches and training sessions, and night-time cultural events (for example) to take place on the bike! We are only just beginning to crank up our campaigning.
This week is an important week for the future of quality cycling in Dublin City! Dublin City Council are seeking submissions from you, and any member of the public, by next Thursday 9th March on their proposed design for the really important cycle route between Clontarf and Amiens St, close to Dublin City Centre. Dublin Cycling Campaign have major issues with the design as proposed, as we feel it does not adequately address the future needs for safe cycling in a city environment.
Last October we held Ireland’s largest ever cycle protest when almost 1,000 cyclists took to the streets to demand proper funding for cycling. We’re taking to the streets again on Wednesday 22nd February, gathering from 12.45pm outside the office of the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross in Leeson Lane and cycling to the Dáil at 1.00pm. We’re calling on the Minister to:
- allocate at least 10% of the Transport Budget to cycling
- implement the National Cycle Policy Framework in full
- take action to reduce transport emissions so that Ireland fulfils its obligations under the Paris Agreement
More info: Dublin Cycling Website
More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of motorists support the introduction of 30km/h speed limits in city centre areas.
The annual 123.ie car review survey of nearly 4,000 motorists, found large-scale support for plans to lower limits in residential areas. Plans for the phasing in of such limits throughout Dublin city and suburbs were approved by the city council in December, despite opposition from AA Ireland.
The 30km/h limit will apply on almost all roads and streets as far as the council’s boundary with the four other Dublin local authorities, excluding “arterial” roads.
Cyclists have begun to outnumber general traffic in some areas of Dublin city and the trend is set to “massively” accelerate, according to Dublin City Council.
At a hearing of the council’s Central Area Committee this morning, Tuesday, Dublin City Council ‘s head of technical service Brendan O’Brien revealed that on Arran Quay along the bank of the River Liffey cyclists outnumbered cars.
This change had taken place in the period since 2013-2014 when the council first began to properly develop plans for the two-way segregated cycle lane down the quays.
The figures, released at a press conference in Dublin this morning, show that 1,296 cars in Dublin have been recorded breaking a red light so far in 2016 – 24 times the rate of cyclists caught breaking red lights (54) in the same period.
In response to a question from TheJournal.ie, Garda Superintendent Tom Murphy said zero pedestrians have died in collision with a cyclist, but he said one has been seriously injured.
The Great Dublin Bike Ride is taking place with many of the city’s roads temporarily closed as 5,000 cyclists of all abilities travel across either 60km or 100km routes around the capital. See video
Work on a number of Dublin cycleways has stopped because of the cost of the Luas cross city project. Read more