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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Expert highlights the biggest hazards

Dublin is to get a next-generation cycling network -- similar to that of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

The council's cycling officer, Ciaran Fallon, says the move is vital to attract more cyclists.

"The existing network we have has evolved and extended over 20 years. There are some very obvious issues with it and significant interruptions," he said.

With this in mind, the National Transport Authority asked the council to turn its attention "to a next-generation cycling network,".

The city currently has a network stretching to over 200km -- the next phase will see an improvement in quality, rather than an extension of routes.

"The extent of it is probably going to be less, but the quality is going to be higher," he said. The problem, says Mr Fallon, is money and space.

But the city has made commitments to significantly increase the number of cyclists. What's turning people off cycling at the moment is risk, and perception of risk.

Dr Mike McKillen of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, has pointed out some of the hazards our cyclists have to contend with -- and the improvements that could be made (see above graphic).

A common complaint of cyclists is that buses come too close to riders in a cycle lane. Many bus/cycle lanes are only a nominal three metres, he says, and if a bus or coach or taxi tries to overtake without moving all the way out of the lane, it's too close to the cyclist and it's going fast.

Another hazard is the parking of vehicles in or beside cycling paths.

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