ctesiphon I could not agree with you more. Wing mirror clipping is a serious problem in the capital, with hideously dangerous consequences. As a committed pedestrian who frankly spends more time on the streets than off them, Iâ€™ve had countless near misses, with mirrors sweeping literally a hairâ€™s breadth away: luckily never having been hit to date.
Without question the pavement ought to be a safe haven for pedestrians, from kerb to building line, but my point is that for good or bad this simply is not the reality on Dublinâ€™s streets. Most fast moving narrow streets such as Dame Street, Oâ€™Connell Street, Nassau Street and Dawson Street are notoriously dangerous for vulnerable kerb walkers, myself included. Itâ€™s very frightening when you skip out onto the kerb, especially when in a rush, only to see a bus mirror heading straight for you â€“ it is in this respect I refer to the self-held perception of invincibility of many pedestrians. In Dublin you simply cannot rely on authorities to protect you, with that intangible â€˜protectiveâ€™ municipal force lulling you into a false sense of security. You presume everything to be regulated and tightly planned, but it simply isnâ€™t.
In fact I find bollards can be even more dangerous than their absence, as people continue to use the kerbline regardless, especially during peak times and/or due to the inadequate space allocated to the pedestrian in general in the city. Only when a wing mirror approaches with bollards, itâ€™s even more difficult to avoid it, with the bollards forming a barrier to your getting back into the pavement, especially if walking fast which kerb walkers inevitably are. That mightnâ€™t make sense on paper, but on a crowded evening pavement where everything is flashing and fast moving, itâ€™s very easy to get tangled in a bollard and have your head taken off in the process.
And of course on what are already narrow pavements, rows of bollards simply consume even more space. Itâ€™s no wonder granite kerbs are an enduring feature of Dublinâ€™s streets (even if Portuguese), not because theyâ€™re aesthetically pleasing but because they form an unofficial IarnrÃ³d Ã‰ireann-style â€˜Keep behind This Lineâ€™ boundary.
Most bus drivers are conscientious and will keep their distance, but high speed pulling in to the kerb is probably the most dangerous and frightening procedure some drivers practice â€“ it really needs to stop.
Interesting what you say about the impact on cyclists of street furniture so close to the road â€“ what a nightmare this must be, especially where a cycle lane isnâ€™t provided. Definitely a factor only a cyclist-planner would note. To get that implemented across all divisions within the council, from Lighting to Roads, would be a â€˜challengingâ€™ task. This is where the buzzword of joined-up thinking comes to the fore.
Believe me, Iâ€™m staunchly on the pedestrianâ€™s side on this one.
Though as a driver, cyclist and pedestrian, Iâ€™d love to see the bitter rows you have with yourself