Friday 21 July 2017

More cycling counters to be rolled out in capital

Fiona Ellis

MORE cycling counters are to be rolled out in the capital as the numbers of cyclists continues to grow.

The latest cycle counter will be located just south of the Grand Canal and will record the number of cyclists who pass by each day. Dublin City Council decided to install the latest real-time electronic cycle counter in reaction to the 30pc increase in cycling numbers in the last five years. Council cycling officer Ciaran Fallon said it is hoped this will encourage more people to cycle.

"The counter will help us to understand more about cycling trends in Dublin and allow us to plan better for the future," he said. "The counter has a kerbside display which will show the number of people passing by bike. Displaying the high number of people already choosing to commute by bike will encourage others to give cycling to work a try."

The new bicycle counter, which should be up and running by Bike Week -- June 18 to 26 -- will be located on Grove Road between the bridges at Harold's Cross and Portobello.

The machine will have two sensors measuring the number of cyclists travelling east and west along the canal. The cyclists passing will be counted by a detector loop installed beneath the bicycle track.

The information is then relayed to a website for the data to be analysed.

A bicycle counting machine already in place on the N11 since the start of the year has performed well.

"The council is extremely satisfied with the results of the pilot project being run on the N11, the purpose of which is intended to capture trend data for cycle-lane usage," a spokesperson from the Transportation Department in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said.

Irish Independent

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