#Allocate4Cycling - ending the silence from the minister of transport
Law Enforcement and Road User Behaviour
We want greater awareness and enforcement of the dangerous overtaking offence, and a mandatory passing distance of 1.5m. We are working for more widespread 30km/h speed limits and a much better enforcement of urban speed limits.
Dublin Cycling Campaign have been working assiduously over the past year and more to agree a major RESPECT campaign for all road users with Dublin City Council. This initiative aims to improve road users behaviour to each other, to be more respectful, and to recognise the ‘duty of care’ that we all have to each other. It focusses on the behaviour of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle drivers emphasising the interdependency between us all.
In yesterday’s Herald a piece appeared under the headline “Cyclists face €40 spot fines for using earphones, says minister”. That sounds like some new piece of traffic law regarding people cycling ?
A survey by Dublin Cycling Campaign shows that one in 6 people who have had a bicycle stolen do not return to cycling, and a further 26% reduce their cycling habits as a result of theft. It is estimated that 20,000+ bikes are stolen annually in Dublin alone, a 100% increase since 2008. This could mean that over 3,000 people stop cycling each year in Dublin due to bike theft, and possibly a further 5,000 reduce the amount they cycle as a result of bike theft.
There are a number of legal provisions directly affecting cyclists in Irish road traffic law so what follows is an attempt to describe them and make them more easily understood. References to an Act or SI are provided. Please note we are not legal experts and any comments or advice is given in good faith and not intended as a formal legal interpretation.
Dublin City Council have posted a very important consultation opportunity on the proposed closure of a section of Eden Quay to all private motorised traffic. It is proposed to limit access to public transport (PT), bikes, and taxis. There are other ancilliary moves to improve PT and cycling as well within the city centre and, in particular, on the north and south quays.
Dublin Cycling Campaign was delighted to be part of an event held in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 17th November all about improving cycling safety. The focus was around bus – bicycle interactions, and Dublin Bus brought one of its brand new 162-D double decker beasts onto the campus!
Back in October IrishCycle.com reported on the results of the first two months since cycling fines were introduced -
We are requesting that a more appropriate Road Traffic Collision reporting when it comes to the standard of wording used when reporting road traffic collisions between vulnerable users and motor vehicles. There is a need for a shift to move our minds away from a victim view of collisions in order to look more appropriately at where collisions come from in our society.
The current practice sees headlines such as;
“Cyclist in his 40s killed in morning collision with van”, Irish Independent, 17 Oct 2015
We wrote a letter requesting that An Garda Siochana traffic corps assist in keeping Dublin moving.
It is of high importance that cycling is given the right space to encourage people of all ages to cycle. As many people are aware, cycle lanes in Dublin are frequently blocked by inconsiderate parking which creates a needlessly frightful environment to cycle in.
Help us do more for cycling in Dublin, please consider getting involved.