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“Out of touch” Shane Ross criticised over Dublin streets ban on cyclists

Posted on: October 9th, 2017

Shane Ross Luas cycling ban

As the extent of the ban and other restrictions for cyclists in Dublin because of the new Luas line becomes clear, Minister for Shane Ross has been accused of being out of touch.

 

Shane Ross criticised over Luas cycling ban

 

The Green Party has hit out at plans by Luas to apparently ban cycling from some Dublin streets in Dublin city.

Restrictions have been introduced to essentially remove cycling from some streets because of the new Luas cross city corridor.

You can read the list of bans and restrictions on cycling to accommodate the new Luas line by following this link.

The Green Party says cyclists should be accommodated along the new Luas line corridor. And its transport spokesman Cllr Ciarán Cuffe has criticised the inaction of Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

Cuffe, who is also chair of Dublin City Council’s Transportation Committee, said there were many ways to accommodate cyclists.

“I believe that a combination of proper signage and road markings can assist in ensuring that cyclists share space along this vital transport corridor,” he said.

“Banning bikes from city-centre streets is a laughable policy in 2017.

“I have sought a meeting with the Luas Cross City project manager Ciarán Browne. It is crucial that we encourage cycling rather than ban bikes from key cross-city streets.

“It appears that Minister Shane Ross and his officials are out of touch with the cycling revolution that is happening around the world.

“He needs to provide the funding and leadership to make cycling easier and safer.”

The extent of restrictions on cycling in Dublin, including a complete ban for some locations, has been set out by the National Transport Authority.

It has compiled a report titled: Assessment of cycling feasibility on the Luas Cross City route.

The report concludes that there is simply insufficient space for cycling in some areas where the new Luas line will run.

And in other locations the report’s authors conclude that crossing sections of track at treacherous angles makes cycling not possible there.

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