Friday 18 August 2017

'Nowhere is safe for cyclists' - outrage as busy cycling path blocked by parked cars

Screenshot from video shows parked cars blocking the cyclist lane in Phoenix Park
Screenshot from video shows parked cars blocking the cyclist lane in Phoenix Park

Kathleen O'Sullivan

A video showing a two-way, segregated cycle track blocked with parked cars in Dublin has raised concerns for the safety of cycling in the capital.

Dublin Cycling Campaign, whose main aim is to improve the city for all cyclists, posted the video taken by Brendan Stewart to Facebook this afternoon that shows cyclists on the Wellington Road in the Phoenix Park being forced into oncoming traffic, due to the cycle track being illegally blocked during Bikeweek.

The new cycle track was opened two months ago to serve the popularity of the Phoenix Park as a location for novice cyclists to gain experience and become comfortable handling a bike on the roads.

There are also double yellow lines on the opposite side of the road to prevent drivers from parking.

The video was posted with the caption: “This is why we can’t have nice things!”

"The Phoenix Park is a popular location for novice cyclists to gain experience and become comfortable handling a bike on the roads. How selfish of the people who parked here to put those novice bikers in harm's way like this!" the post reads.

Dr Paul Corcoran, Chairperson of Dublin Cycling Campaign, said that "nowhere is safe for cyclists".

“It is the Office of Public Works who is responsible of these lanes. The gardaí and the Road Safety Authority need to be involved in stopping this illegal parking too.

“Nowhere is safe for cyclists, even with designated paths provided.

“This is an issue of cultural awareness in Ireland.”

Since 2015, Dublin Cycling Campaign has had a Twitter hashtag campaign #FreeTheCycleLanes to highlight the issue of illegal parking in cycle lanes.

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