Thursday 22 February 2018

Cycling campaigners insist Dublin not so bike-friendly

Campaigner Mike McKillen. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Campaigner Mike McKillen. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Ciara Treacy

Dublin's inclusion on a list of the most bike-friendly cities in the world "paints too rosy a picture", a cycling campaigner has said.

Mike McKillen of the Dublin Cycling Campaign disputed the capital's place among such bike-friendly cities as Copenhagen and Amsterdam, saying cycling here is still fairly dangerous and there aren't enough segregated cycle lanes.

Dublin came 15th on the so-called 'Copenhagenize Index', compiled by a Danish organisation.

That's four places lower than last year, but Mr McKillen said that his group doesn't think the city's inclusion is justified.

"We wouldn't rank Dublin as a cycling-friendly city," he said. "There are a number of factors missing from the criteria, which we have pointed out to its founder. One factor is how closely do taxis, buses and coaches overtake on bus lanes. They overtake far too close and too fast.

"We think the index paints too rosy a picture of Dublin."

Irish Independent

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