No cycle parking for Pope Mass

Let’s hope that our Lord Jesus doesn’t pick the upcoming Papal Mass in Phoenix Park to make his second coming, as there’ll be no ‘Christ on a bike’ that day.

The official transport guidelines for the Pope’s celebration of Mass in the Phoenix Park on 26th August state that:

It is not possible to cycle directly to the Phoenix Park as bike parking facilities will not be available. Dublin Bikes will be unavailable up to a certain radius of the Park.

And so, while they’re not allowing anyone to cycle inside the park itself, I did get confirmation from the Garda Info twitter account that cyclists will be allowed inside the controlled zone (a traffic-free cordon of 1.5-2 km radius around the Phoenix Park), so you should be able to get pretty close.

You would have thought they’ve really missed a trick here, and should have provided dedicated secure bike parking – if not in the park itself, then nearby – as a sustainable and healthy way for the faithful to attend. It would have surely been a better option that getting people to walk long distances!

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