Are Dublin’s shop owners trying to kill you?

Dublin City Council are currently consulting on plans to make the city centre a more healthy and pleasant place to shop and work.

They want to make the city more appealing to shoppers, workers and tourists through the introduction of more pedestrianised streets, and the removal of multi-lane roads choked with fast-moving traffic.

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Drivers, cyclists aren’t the problem, they’re part of the solution

Taxi drivers seems to be the worst about vocalising their dislike of cyclists. I can’t seem to take a cab ride without the driver complaining about cyclists being in the way and slowing them down.

But what they don’t realise is that they’ve got it all wrong. Having to wait before you can safely overtake a cyclist may cost you a few seconds on your journey – but the real people who are slowing down your journey aren’t cyclists, they are other drivers.

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I cycle to work because it’s easy

Here in Dublin, when you tell someone that you commute to work by bike, they make an assumption that you are a speed daemon dressed head-to-toe in Lycra. They associate cycling with sport or recreation, and imagine that people on bikes need to be athletic and brave/foolish.

The thing is, I’m not athletic, and I’m not sporty. I don’t cycle to work because I want to get fit. I cycle to work because it’s… easy!

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