Monday 23 September 2019

Cyclists claim bus plans retain 'murder junctions'

The junction’ where Blessington Street joins Dorset Street in the north of the city. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The junction’ where Blessington Street joins Dorset Street in the north of the city. Picture: Gerry Mooney

The plan to give cyclists 200km of lanes is ambitious, and the information supplied by Bus Connects says these will be separated from traffic where feasible.

But cyclists have been quick to point out seven "murder junctions", claiming their safety is at risk by having to cross traffic, not only now but under the new plans.

1: One 'murder junction' is on the route from Blanchardstown to the city centre where Blanchardstown Road North crosses over the N3. On one section a cyclist travelling along the N3 overpass will have cars crossing their bus lane from the right so they can access the circular slip road to bring them on to the N3.

Not only does the cyclist then have this lane of cars to their left, but at the same time they have the bus lane immediately to their right.

The cyclist is sandwiched between a traffic lane and a bus lane.

2: St Peter's Church, Phibsborough - Heading out of city and crossing junction to stay on right-hand side of church.

3: Dorset Street northbound and Whitworth Road - Car traffic crosses cycle path.

4: Fairview - left turn on to Malahide Road heading out of city. Car traffic crosses cycle path.

5: Another 'murder junction' is where Blessington Street joins Dorset Street in the north of the city.

6: Christchurch - Car traffic crosses the cycle path.

7: Kilmacud Road/Taney Road (Goat Grill) - Car tr affic crosses the cycle path.

The junction' where Blessington Street joins Dorset Street in the north of the city

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