Protecting the cycle lanes

There has been some coverage in the media over the last couple of week about a group of cyclists in Dublin taking it upon themselves to protect cycle lanes from illegally parked vehicles.

Fed up of cars and vans illegally blocking cycle lane, and often forcing cyclists into dangerous positions on the road, these people have decided to take direct action. At coordinated times of the day they are forming a physical barrier between the bike lane and the road, and politely encouraging motorists not to park illegally.

The focus of their attention has been on St Andrew’s Street where the cycle lane is a contraflow. When people park illegally here it forces cyclist into oncoming traffic!

And with all the news coverage and a growing following on Twitter (mostly by IBIKEDUBLIN) they have expanded their activism to include other streets in the city such as Ranalagh Road and Westland Row.

So far the Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council have done very little to address the problem of illegal parking. There is very little enforcement of the rules concerning parking and driving in cycle lanes. Hence why some cyclists are taking direct action themselves.

(Photo from Cyclistie twitter account)

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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