Abandoned bikes to be tagged and taken from racks to free up space in Dublin city centre
Valuable bike parking space is due to be freed up in a crackdown on abandoned bikes in Dublin city centre.
Dublin City Council (DCC) has begun a new tagging initiative which it is hoped will rid bike racks of abandoned and vandalised bikes.
Enforcement officers for DCC will identify suspected abandoned bikes and monitor them for two weeks before tagging them.
If they are still in place after then, the tagged bikes will be removed to storage where their owners will have four weeks to claim them.
Once the four weeks has lapsed the bikes will be either recycled, disposed of or donated depending on their condition.
In an update on the new plans DCC assured cyclists that officials "will exercise caution when determining whether a bike is abandoned or not".
The new protocol was agreed by the Transport SPC of Dublin City Council.
Fine Gael councillor Paddy Smyth, who sits on the SPC, welcomed the move which he said should free up space in the city.
"Hopefully we'll see a lot fewer abandoned bikes that are clearly not in use around the streets," he said.
"We have an embarrassingly low amount of parking space in Dublin, it's minuscule.
"There are plans afoot to expand parking when funding does become available. If you think that you can fit 10 bikes spaces in one car park space it makes sense."
Mr Smyth said that he would like to see a financial incentive for businesses to transform some of their parking spaces into bicycle racks.
"Employees should be able to lock their bikes in a cost neutral way for the business. If a business has 10 fewer employees driving to work, that frees up space and reduces congestion, which is good for everyone."
Meanwhile, tender documents have been prepared by the council to engage a team to carry out a study to assess whether a so-called "quiet way" for bikes could be implemented in the city.
The idea would see certain residential routes closed off to most traffic to allow for cyclists and pedestrians to traverse the city without meeting heavy traffic.
"We're about 30 years off having main streets that are fully safe for young cyclists in particular. The [proposed] route takes in a lot of primary schools in the area," Mr Smyth said.