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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cyclists in dismay as contra-flow is rejected

New rules for cyclists
New rules for cyclists

Cyclists have expressed dismay that councillors rejected a proposal to introduce more contra-flow lanes for bike users on one-way streets.

Dublin city councillors voted down a Green Party motion to bring in more of the lanes that allow cyclists to travel both ways on one-way traffic streets.

The idea is to encourage cycling by allowing for easier routes around the city.

The motion was put forward by councillor Clare Byrne, who sought to have it included in the Dublin City Development Plan for 2016 to 2022.

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Routes that would have been included were Parnell Square South, Nassau Street, Merrion Row, Pearse Street, Granby Row, Pembroke Road and St Stephen’s Green. The motion was rejected by one vote.

Colm Ryder, of Dublin Cycling Campaign, said they still “want to see contra-flow happening”, but the problem lay with the Department of Transport’s legislation that meant introducing it was “too difficult”.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, who cast the deciding vote, said: “I’m not against contra-flow, but to highlight specific streets without any report to go with it was outside the scope of the development plan because that should go through the roads and development department.”

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