Saturday 22 October 2016

Dublin slips in league of bike-friendly cities

Dublin bikes
Dublin bikes
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD & Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive Officer, Road Safety Authority during the launch of the Road Safety Authority'Äôs new campaign to highlight the issue of blind spots on trucks, particularly in relation to cyclists at Dublin Port. The launch of the campaign coincides with National Bike Week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

DUBLIN is losing its reputation as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, after dropping to 15th place in a list of the best cities for urban cycling.

The ranking sees Dublin slide from 11th place in the previous cycling chart two years ago and from ninth position in 2011.

The compilers of the rankings, Danish-based design company Copenhagenzie, praised city chiefs for what they lauded as an "epic" bike-sharing scheme, which was introduced in 2009.

But they criticised Dublin's poor infrastructure along the city's quays and said there needs to be another "period of concerted effort" to improve the urban cycling landscape.

A spokesman for Copenhagenzie said: "Dublin has been a darling on the Copenhagenzie Index since 2011 and the city has been inspirational for the rest of the world in its efforts to increase cycling levels.

"Once the third great cycling city in Europe after Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Dublin has the historical background for bringing the bicycles back.


"Dublin seems to be suffering from the same malady as other cities that have made impressive progress. They have seemingly slipped into apathy - and a few places down the Index."

However, the company's watchdogs said the capital was streets ahead of Britain when it came to providing a cycling friendly urban environment.

They said: "It's a long way to anywhere interesting when you're in Dublin.

"Between the Irish capital and the continent is London, [which] is slugging it out for a Top 40 finish on the Index and of little interest to Dublin."

They added: "Investment in infrastructure and facilities, traffic calming measures and an epic bike share system accelerated the city's journey to urban modernisation. You can't take that away from Dublin, but you could wish for another period of concerted effort."

Copenhagen topped the list of bike-friendly cities, followed by Dutch cities Amsterdam and Utrecht.

A total of 122 cities were ranked by the company.

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