Thursday 27 October 2016

Bus fumes are a bad part of the commute


Paul Corcoran
Paul Corcoran

The weather has definitely become a little bit colder, but once you get going you warm up and it's not too bad.

I left home at 7.40am from Chapelizod and cycled in all along the Phoenix Park, along Conyngham road and down by Heuston Station. Then I went along the quays and up towards Kevin Street.

I work as a molecular biology technician at DIT, and it's a distance of around 6km.

There was a lot of traffic backed up along Chapelizod village itself. I had to weave in and out of the traffic along Chapelizod, because there are no bike lanes.


I have to cycle on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic to get past Conyngham Road, as there is no cycling lane provided on my way into town.

Traffic along the quays is always busy, but it doesn't have a major impact on me as I am in the bus lane. You have to be careful when you are on Ellis Quay because there isn't a lot of space for cyclists, so you have to be mindful of the buses.

Getting regular exercise and feeling fresh and awake going to work is a major plus. Another advantage is that it is always the same commute time, about 20 minutes.

However, the bad parts are noise pollution and air pollution. I get stuck behind buses sometimes and fumes can be awful.

In the main, motorists are fine. But you do get cars parked in cycle lanes.

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