The number one reason stopping people cycling is the perception that it’s dangerous.
Some of this fear is caused by bad road design. Some of this is caused by bad behaviour from other road users. All of the fear can be solved by better infrastructure!
What does bad cycling infrastructure look like?
Painting a line at the side of the road is not good cycling infrastructure as it does not provide any protection to people riding bicycles.
Motorists routinely park and drive their vehicles in these cycle lanes, which is illegal, but there is zero enforcement of the law from An Garda Síochána.
It makes our roads a potentially dangerous place for cyclists, and puts off a lot of people from riding bicycles.
What does good cycling infrastructure look like?
We need to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all cyclists, of all ages and abilities. We need fully-segregated cycle paths that we would be comfortable for all adults and children to use, whether they are experienced or novice riders.
We need to provide cycling routes where bikes are in conflict with pedestrians, and that don’t just disappear and push cyclists into traffic at junctions.
Unfortunately the amount of good cycling infrastructure is very low at the moment. We have decent segregated cycle paths along the Grand Canal and along Clontarf Road, but these routes are rare examples, and they aren’t joined up.
We need good safe infrastructure throughout the city – so that everyone can feel safe and confident in getting around the city by bike.