Protected cycle lane in Terenure village

Since the new Lotts & Co supermarket opened on Rathfarnham Road a couple of months ago, there’s been a lot of dangerous parking outside by customers and delivery drivers. Well, thanks to Dublin City Council, as of this morning there’s new plastic bollards protecting the cycle lane. They start not far from the Terenure crossroad, […]

Protected cycle lanes are no good if they’re blocked

I took this photo a few weeks ago on a Sunday evening in Dublin city centre. These communal bins belong to a nearby apartment block, and someone has decided to block the majority of the cycle lane with them, forcing people on bikes out into the general traffic lane. Before the cycle lane protection bollards […]

What does good cycling infrastructure look like?

This is a typical cycle lane in Dublin city centre. It consists of a bit of paint at the side of the road. Technically it’s an offence for motor vehicles to drive or park in a cycle lane, but enforcement is very rare, and all too often motorists stray into these painted cycle lanes without […]

Dublin to see a redistribution of road space

The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to radically change the way we distribute road space in Dublin city centre. With a target to double the number of people who walk, and triple the number who cycle, it looks like we’re going to have road space taken away from motor vehicles and given over to active […]

Bicycle helmets should be the last line of defence

There’s nothing so divisive as the debate around whether helmets should be compulsory for cyclists. Some advocates of helmet compulsion argue that if they can help (even by a little bit) to prevent injury or death, then we should all be made to wear them. And while they are entitled to that opinion, the focus […]