Tuesday 25 July 2017

People with disabilities may be allowed to use cycling lanes soon - Dublin Lord Mayor

Stock photo: Depositphotos
Stock photo: Depositphotos

Rebecca Lumley

People with disabilities may be allowed to use cycling lanes, Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr has said.

He said that he may put the proposal to a city-wide vote in order to gauge Dubliners’ opinions of the plan.

The Lord mayor was speaking at Velo 17 yesterday, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit, which took place over four days in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region of the Netherlands.

He said such a proposal was necessary because of the number of obstacles disabled people are forced to circumnavigate when travelling along the pavement.

He said: “Currently, we are aware of the extent to which people with disabilities have to go to circumnavigate obstructions on the pavements.

"I think they would be better off using the cycle lanes and would like to ask what the people of Dublin think about this."

Dublin's Lord Mayor, Cllr Brendan Carr.
Dublin's Lord Mayor, Cllr Brendan Carr.

Chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, Paul Corcoran, said the plan had the “potential for conflict” but agreed that more had to be done to facilitate disabled Dubliners.

He said: “Disabled people certainly have the right to use them, like everyone else. I already see this happen occasionally, particularly when people are in mobility scooters. Sometimes the path is too narrow or the kerb is simply too high.

“Personally I wouldn’t have a problem with it, though it does create the potential for conflict.”

Mr Corcoran said that public spaces in the city needed to be improved for all road users.

He said: “I think around the city user space in general needs to be improved, for cyclists, pedestrians and people suffering from physical or visual impairments.

“The question has to be asked why they need to use the cycle lanes. Lots of paths around the city are too narrow, aren’t maintained or whatever else. But until that is fixed I would have no problem with this as a solution in the interim.”

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