Cyclists the big winners as measures squeeze drivers
Cyclists are proving to be the real winners since new traffic measures were introduced on Dublin's quays in recent weeks.
With two bus lanes now making less room for drivers on the north quays, many feared the end result would be tailbacks and gridlock. And while many motorists have complained that their journey times are taking longer since the new layout was introduced, others say time spent in traffic has improved if anything.
The new changes came into effect on August 20 to coincide with the Luas Cross City tram testing and to ensure the permanent changes have time to bed down before regular day time tram testing starts this month.
Brendan O'Brien, Head of Technical Services, Transport, Dublin City Council said these changes were part of an overall commitment by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) to improve mobility in the city as Dublin expands and the number of commuters steadily rises. "The additional bus lanes will alleviate the difficulties faced by public transport on the quays, where the worst delays for buses in the city are experienced," he said.
"At the peak morning time of 8am to 9am, over 7,000 people travel along the north quays on buses. This compares to around 500 cars and the same number of cyclists," he added.
And on the quays yesterday, cyclists were praising the new layout.
"It's much better for cyclists. There is more space and dedicated laneways," said George Buga.
"It is much easier now, there is more room. I am happier with it," said the restaurant worker. "It only takes me around 30 minutes to cycle in from Clonsilla. I don't know how long it would take me in a car."
Motorists who joined the quays at Christchurch said it takes around 15 minutes to get to O'Connell Bridge. "That's about the same as it used to be before they made the changes. I think less people are using the quays to commute now and that has helped," said one driver.