Cycle lane barriers ruled out by City Hall

Cycle lane barriers ruled out by City Hall
A bicycle lane installed and street parking removed from kerbside to 'middle of the road' at Pope's Quay. Pic; Larry Cummins,

CITY HALL has ruled out cyclist segregation barriers in a number of busy cycling areas.

Councillor Fiona Ryan asked the city council to consider erecting the barriers on the cycle lanes on Washington Street and Bachelor's Quay to segregate cyclists from traffic.

However, director of roads and transport Gerry O’Beirne said they are not needed in the area.

“Cycle segregation measures such as up-stands, bollards, railings etc have been provided where it was deemed appropriate. This includes sections of cycle lanes on Washington Street and many other streets. In certain cases, the design process concluded that such measures were not required. As both areas are functioning very well it is not proposed to effect any alternations at this point in time.” 

Ms Ryan also asked for hard infrastructure to be installed in areas that are blackspots for illegal parking in order to ensure the safety of cyclists and encourage more people to take up cycling in the city.

She added this is a particular problem on Alfred Street as she said most illegal parking takes place after traffic warden patrol hours.

Mr O’Beirne said hard infrastructure measures such as those on South Main Street are not transferable to other areas.

“...the provision of ‘hard infrastructure’ on cycle lanes such as the up-stand kerb on South Main Street is not an appropriate design response in all areas. National design standards encourage designers to use physical segregation measures in specific circumstances. The issue of illegal parking in cycle lanes will be addressed by the enforcement of parking regulations.

“The cycle lanes on Alfred Street are with the flow of traffic, whereas the cycle lane on South Main Street is against the flow of traffic. A design solution in one area is not always suitable for another. The issue of illegal parking in Alfred Street will be addressed via the ongoing enforcement of the parking regulations rather than by the construction of physical segregation measures.” 

In addition, Ms Ryan also highlighted the need for segregating barriers to be repaired between the cycle lane and oncoming traffic on South Main Street and for council workers to erect clearer signage to urge car drivers to look both left and right when turning onto South Main Street and Tuckey Street.

Mr O’Beirne said this work will be carried out.

“The contra-flow cycle lane on South Main Street is segregated from traffic running in the opposite direction via the conclusion of an up-stand kerb with bollards and buffer zone road lining. At certain locations, the bollards have been vandalised or damaged by vehicles. The repair and replacement of damaged bollards and signage will be undertaken as part of an upcoming repair contract. Barriers which have been damaged at other locations are being addressed separately on an ongoing basis.”

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