Sunday 28 December 2014

Planned two-way cycle route on Dubin quays to cut motorists to one lane

Published 17/06/2014 | 10:23

Dublin City manager Owen Keegan
Dublin City manager Owen Keegan

A NEW two-way cycle lane on the quays in Dublin city centre could be set to cut motorists down to one lane.

Dublin City Council are planning to introduce the new arrangements on the buys north quays part of the city.

The council’s plans are intended to increase the amount of people who cycle to work in city centre.

City Council chief Owen Keegan, who cycles to work himself, has acknowledged that the plans will cause traffic disruption.

However Dr Mike McKillen, chairperson of cylist.ie, has welcomed the plans.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast this morning he said:

“What turns a lot of people off not trying cycling is their perception of fear of being on the road on a bike.

“I think Owen Keegan is correct. I’ll support him in what he tries to do. Why do people feel it’s their right to drive into our cities which are already congested?”

He added that Dublin as a city is still relatively new to adjusting for cyclists, and that many other European countries have had decades longer.

“To be fair the Dutch have had 40 years at this. We only started this 21 years ago, we’ve a long way to go to catch up with them.”

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