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Sunday 15 December 2019

Cyclists to face speed limits on popular promenade

The promenade in Clontarf
The promenade in Clontarf

Cormac Murphy

SPEEDING cyclists are to be targeted for the first time by new measures aimed at slowing them down. Dublin City Council is to bring forward proposals to impose speed regulation on the Clontarf Promenade.

The local authority said it would be the first time such regulations were introduced in Ireland and could set a precedent for limits to be set in other cities around the country.

In a report, Dublin City Council executive engineer Christopher Manzira noted that the local authority's roads and traffic department "will be developing proposals for speed regulation along the Clontarf Promenade".

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He added: "There are no speed-regulation measures for cyclists in Ireland at the moment. It is intended that the council will need to secure funding for the measures from the National Transport Authority."

Mr Manzira said any proposal would require the agreement of the National Transport Authority.

Fianna Fail councillor Deirdre Heney, who uses the promenade regularly, said she "wouldn't be against" speed restrictions but added: "I think it's very difficult to enforce something like that. Gardai are very under-resourced at the moment, so who is going to enforce it?

"But I wouldn't be against asking cyclists to slow down. There is an issue there for pedestrian safety. I've seen it and I've experienced it a couple of times. You have to be very careful there."

Irish Independent

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