Sir, – Between 2010 and 2020, 101 people were killed on Irish roads while using their bicycles.
A major factor in these deaths is the extreme lack of safe cycling infrastructure in Ireland and the priority given to private motor vehicles.
One of the recent deaths occurred on South Circular Road in Dublin, where I live and cycle to take my oldest son to school. The South Circular Road and surrounding area is home to thousands of families and households, most of whom do not own a car. The number of residents and the proportion of those who will not own a car is expected to increase significantly, with the development of sites like the Bailey Gibson / Player Wills site.
The section of South Circular Road, which runs east to west, is four lanes wide, although for much of the road one or two of these lanes are reserved for on-street parking for private vehicles. . On and next to this stretch of road are four primary schools, as well as secondary and higher education establishments.
This section of the road is 3.5 km long, but contains only 180 meters of cycle paths, none of which is protected. There is no safe section of this road to cycle on. It is not safe for an adult who rides a bicycle regularly, let alone a child or an inexperienced cyclist. The southern ring road currently acts as a physical barrier to prevent cyclists from moving around the city.
A protected two-way cycle path on the South Circular Road could provide a cycling artery for the city. Such a cycle path could be built without removing any of the existing traffic lanes. Not only would this allow safe travel along the road itself, but it would provide safe access to the wide range of quieter streets of the South Circular Road, most of which are cut off for cyclists by the dangerous nature of the road. South Circular Road. – yours, etc.,