Dublin cycling activists ramp it up a notch with clamping campaign

Posted on: September 16th, 2018

They hit a Dublin city black spot for illegal parking, including on cycle lanes, and slapped their own punishment on them.


Dublin cycling activists begin clamping campaign


Cycling activists in Dublin have stepped up their campaign and begun putting cardboard clamps on illegally parked cars.

The I Bike Dublin group hit Phibsboro in the north inner city yesterday. It’s something of a black spot for illegal parking.

With a large number of retail outlets in the area, motorists very often leave their cars parked for short periods as they run into the shops.

The area is also a bottle neck, with traffic generally very heavy on what are tight streets.

It means when vehicles are parked illegally, including on cycle lanes, it wreaks havoc from a cycling perspective.

The campaigners fixed their cardboard clamps, designed to look exactly like the real thing, onto the illegally parked cars.

Furthermore, the clamps were placed on the front driver side wheel; just as regular clampers do it.

It means when motorists illegally parked come back to their vehicles, they would immediately think they’d been clamped.

And with signs stuck onto the windows of cars, warning that illegal parking is a danger for vulnerable road users, all the trappings of a genuine clamp are in evidence on the vehicles.

I Bike Dublin is hoping to shock or frighten drivers into reflecting on how they park and to play by the rules in future.

The group has staged a number of actions all over the city since early last year; lining the edges of cycle lanes to protect them from drivers parking on the lanes or driving into them.

Last week it blocked coaches carrying fans to the All Ireland final from parking on the cycle lanes on Alfie Byrne Road in north Dublin.

The two-way segregated cycle lanes there are regularly used as a car park on match days; with a blind eye turned by Dublin City Council and the Garda.

However, a large stretch of bike lane was kept clear on the day of the All Ireland. The activists took up their places early in the day and faced down the drivers of the very large coaches.