Reply To: Dublin’s sprawl threatens to choke the nation
Cycling in Dublin is just not pleasant any more because the roads are saturated with traffic all day long. Many who would cycle don’t because of the traffic volume. And not because it’s too dangerous, but because of the dirt, noise, fumes and general irritation of cycling in chronic traffic. A letter in the paper recently about commuting by bike in Dublin described the cyclist as arriving at his destination a “sweating, frustrated mess”.
Cycle lane networks are fine, but if the lanes are right beside the traffic, then it doesn’t make much difference to these problems, with the end result that cycling figures do not increase and people stay in their cars.
What is needed in Dublin is proper, separated cycle lane networks like in Amsterdam and Cophenhagen. Then the cycling figures would shoot up. In those cities men and women breeze around on bikes in office clothes, barely breaking a sweat.