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Council workers clearing leaves from the new cycle lane on Griffith Avenue. Pic: @DubCityEnviro

Council workers clearing leaves from the new cycle lane on Griffith Avenue. Pic: @DubCityEnviro

Council workers clearing leaves from the new cycle lane on Griffith Avenue. Pic: @DubCityEnviro

The myriad of new cycle lanes introduced across Dublin have presented “challenges” to council workers, who have had additional leaf-cleaning to do in recent weeks.

Dublin City Council waste management workers have been busy clearing the leaves across the city, with the extra cycle lanes a key area of focus.

Cyclists have complained in the past of wet leaves causing a hazard, with some writing online about having to divert into the road to avoid leaves. But council workers have been doubling up efforts to prevent this happening.

“Dublin City Council waste management has begun the yearly leaf removal process,” a Dublin City Council spokesperson said. “Priority is given to pedestrian areas, main thoroughfares and areas prone to flooding.

“The introduction of additional protected cycle lanes has presented challenges this year. Waste management is working with the roads department to overcome these issues.

“Waste management has introduced compostable green leaf bags that are available through our area offices to community groups.

“Bags and pick-ups can be arranged to support residents’ associations collecting leaves. Collections are segregated to add to our composting efforts and in reducing landfill.”

Last year, the council said it cleared and recycled over 790 tonnes of leaves, which are composted via Thorntons recycling.

A council spokesman added: “We are encouraging the public to learn how to compost themselves. We have shared ‘How to’ guides on our social media and created a display area in Oscar Traynor Road Bring Centre in Coolock.”

Earlier this month a popular cycle lane was filled with leaves, leading to a Dublin TD to call for the council to keep the passageway clear.

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Fianna Fail TD Paul McAuliffe said on Twitter: “We wouldn’t tolerate a road being unpassable and we can’t tolerate a cycle lane either. Residents on Griffith Avenue have long been swamped with tonnes of leaves each autumn.

“It’s not an easy task but path and cycle lanes must be kept clear by Dublin City Council.”


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