Luas issues unusual guidelines for cyclists as new line opens

Posted on: November 30th, 2017

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The new advice from Luas for cyclists go way beyond what the law says for cyclists. At the same time, Luas’s advice for pedestrians and motorists is notably less stringent.


Luas issues unusual guidelines for cyclists


Luas got into some hot water with cyclists earlier this year. And now it’s offering those on two wheels some pretty unusual advice.

Its new “guidelines” consist of a list of things cyclists should “always” or “never” do.

The promotion of this latest batch of advice from the tram people comes as the new Cross City line opens in Dublin.

A lot of people will perhaps see most of the suggestions as common sense. For example, there tips on how to cross the tracks safely.

However, other points appear to assume that cyclists can’t comply with the basic rules of the road; stopping at red lights and giving way at yield signs.

So Luas explains to cyclists that a red light means stop and a green one means go.

However, in the advice Luas has published for motorists there is no such guide to what the different coloured lights mean.

The real concern is that Luas is taking it upon itself to tell cyclists they must “always” or “never” act in a way that is way beyond the rules/laws of the road.

It says cyclists should always use a cycle lane where provided. However, their use is discretionary under law.

And Luas’s guidelines also state that cyclists “never wear headphones” because they make it harder to hear trams.

It also says cyclists should always wear hi-vis and “wear personal protection” and should “never cycle while on the phone”.

However, the wearing of headphones and personal protection – like the use of hi-vis and even phones – is all discretionary for cyclists.

But it appears Luas has decided to develop its own set of rules for cyclists; clearly deciding the law doesn’t go far enough.

While cyclists should “never” use headphones or their mobile phones, the advice for pedestrians is much more gentle.

Pedestrians are told that “earphones and mobile phones may distract you”.

This is despite the fact it is pedestrians rather than cyclists who are much more likely to venture into the path of an oncoming tram.

Pavements intersect the Luas tracks all over the network; a design feature that brings tens of thousands of pedestrians across Luas lines daily all over the city.