Dublin cyclists protest over safety concerns

Roisin Phelan

Hundreds of cyclists took to their bikes in protest on January 26th to call for the immediate implementation of a cycle route along the Liffey Quays.

The protest was organised by Dublin Cycling Campaign because of delayed action in the building of a dedicated cycle route linking Heuston Station to the Point Village.

The route was first proposed in 2011 but is projected to be completed by 2024 at the earliest. Dublin Cycling Campaign have asked for temporary measures to be put into place to trial the route and see how it will work in practice in hopes of showing the demand and need for the route. 

Chairperson of Dublin Cycling Campaign, Kevin Baker says, “Trialling sections of a segregated cycle route along the River Liffey will deliver something quicker than 2024 and show the huge demand for a safe cycle route along our city’s river.”

Baker said that similar trial methods have been conducted on a smaller scale before nad “a scaled-up version of the same mechanism could be used to create a trial Liffey Cycle Route.”

An online petition supporting the trial has gained over 4,000 signatures. 

Creator of the petition Cian Ginty wrote, “We are asking that city and national authorities go back to the previous plan of continuous two-way cycle path on the quays to at least trial it for 8-12 months and then ask if people want to go back to the way things are now.”

The delays of the route so far has been a result of planning and design issues as well as opposition from some city centre businesses. 

Some city centre car park owners have objected to the plans saying access to the car parks could be “restricted” and they should be compensated for any loss of earning as a result of the route. 

Similar objections were made by the Irish Parking Association, Park Rite and Fleet Street car park.

In the lead up to the general election the green party has said that if elected to power they would, “Allocate 10% of the capital budget in transport to cycling infrastructure.”

Sinn Fein also said they would invest in cycling infrastructure as it would “whilst also tackling traffic gridlock, improving physical and mental health and reducing emissions from motor vehicles.”

The cycle route is due to be discussed at the next Dublin City Council meeting where Dublin Cycling Campaign hope councillors will discuss and consider the immediate implementation of a temporary Liffey cycle route.

Roisin Phelan

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