Red Lights Aren’t Optional

Posted 13 Oct 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

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In September 2016 Dublin City Council engineer Will Mangan received 27 postcards from children in Saint Columba’s Primary School North Strand, Dublin 3.

The children in the senior classes 3rd – 6th had enough of the dangerous situation outside of their school at the pedestrian lights. On a daily basis red lights were being ignored by cyclists and cars while the children were crossing the road on a green pedestrian light. To add to this danger the junior room, consisting of much younger children, cross at this pedestrian crossing and the situation was becoming unmanageable. In order to tackle this issue the senior children took it upon themselves to individually write to engineer Will Mangan requesting solutions to this problem before someone got seriously injured or worse killed.

What arrived in to Will were 27 powerfully visualised postcards depicting the daily struggle the children from Saint Columba’s face arriving and leaving  school every day, and it did not paint a pretty picture.  While some images visualised a future where everyone obeyed the rules of the road more portrayed images of injuries, scared children and general chaos at the crossing outside their school. Each postcard contained a written message detailing the children’s daily experience and the fears they felt.

The postcards were received while An Garda Síochána was beginning to launch the 2016 ‘Safer Roads for Dublin’ campaign which coincidentally focused on red light running. Dublin City Council brought the postcards to the attention of An Garda Síochána and after viewing the postcards and obtaining permission from the children and their Principal Ann Creaner, An Garda Síochána, Road Safety Authority, Dublin Bus, LUAS, TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland), National Transport Authority and all four Dublin Local Authorities in the 2016 Safer Roads for Dublin Campaign were delighted to showcase, support and endorse the children’s messaging for the campaign launch.

At the Safer Roads for Dublin launch on the 10th October 2016 Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, head of Dublin’s Traffic Corps, said:

“We are aiming this red light running campaign at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and appealing to them to reduce the risk to themselves and others by simply obeying the rules of the road when the traffic light is red. It seems a simple ask, and maybe a lesser offence, but when you consider there are 1,620 sets of traffic lights in Dublin, even one breach each day equals 1,620 potential collisions. Heed the message we are sending out today – Don’t gamble with your safety – red means stop for all!”

Chief Superintendent Reid continued:

“This campaign is all about reducing risks. Risks cause injury and fatalities on our roads. This year has seen 12 road deaths in Dublin, one more than in 2015 so we must re-double our efforts to ensure this does not increase further. A special word of thanks goes out to St Columba’s primary school for their contribution to road safety. It is initiatives like these that make a difference. So, like St Columba’s, we appeal to every road user to play their part to keep Dublin’s roads as safe as possible for all who use them.”

Helen Smirnova and Will Mangan oversaw engineering solutions to the issues faced by the children.

Extra signage to highlight the pedestrian crossing were installed, the Road Safety Unit organised two traffic wardens on site at St Columba’s School and a system to monitor cyclists red light running was introduced. Alterations to the traffic signals were made via the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) section to make the junction more pedestrian friendly.

While all these measures are greatly welcomed the issue around individual user behaviour is not so easily solved. It is up to each of us that use the roads to ensure we do so in a safe and respectful manner and in accordance with the rules of the road. Red lights are there to be obeyed, to ensure the safety of other road users and as the picture below states ‘Red Lights Aren’t Optional’.  The potential harm that can arise from red light running by any road user cannot be underestimated. Everyone has a part to play in road safety, and even small actions can lead to big changes on our roads.

I would like to thank all the children and Principal Ann Creaner at Saint Columba’s, all the staff in the Environment and Transportation Department, An Garda Síochána and all the stakeholders involved in the ‘Safer Roads for Dublin’ campaign.

I will let the children’s messages speak for themselves…

 

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Contra Flow Lane at Kildare Street

Posted 3 Oct 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

Due to Luas Cross City works on Dawson Street, Dublin 2 a new contra flow bus lane has been introduced on Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

It is important to pedestrians and cyclists in the area to note these changes as there is now significant bus traffic coming northbound on Kildare Street.

The biggest changes will be for cyclists turning right from Nassau Street as cyclists need to ensure they keep to the left lane when entering Kildare Street. It is important that cyclists position themselves correctly either in front or behind traffic when making this turn.

Pedestrians will need to look both left and right at Kildare Street when crossing on the green light at pedestrian crossings.

New markings at Nassau Street to warn cyclists turning right on contra flow Bus Lane

New markings at Nassau Street to warn cyclists turning right of contra flow bus lane.

Change to junction turning right from Nassau Street up Kildare Street

Change to junction turning right from Nassau Street up Kildare Street.

Cycle Logos in Bus Lanes

Posted 29 Sep 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

Dublin City Council has begun to place cycle logos alongside the ‘Lána Bus’ signs printed in lanes shared by both bus and bicycle. The cycle logos will complement the statutory road signs already in place.

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The cycle logos are to remind all road users that such lanes are shared by both bus and cyclists and to be mindful of both. To over take or pass cyclists safely,  motorists should give a minium width of 1.5 meters between the vechicle and the cyclist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New and Existing members of Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes can now access the scheme using their LEAP Card

Posted 20 Sep 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

Dublin City Council, the National Transport Authority (NTA), Coca-Cola and JCDecaux are delighted to announce that from today, 20th September 2016, the Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes scheme will enable new and existing bike share members to use the service using just one smart card – their LEAP Card.

While this initiative won’t allow people to pay for their Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes trips from their LEAP Card account, it will allow them to hold their registration details for both schemes on the one card, cutting back on the requirement to carry an additional card in their wallets or purses. The customer account for Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes will continue to be the source for payment for annual memberships and 3-day ticketing and for each bike trip taken which incurs a cost.

Associating a LEAP Card so that it can be used with Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes is very simple for both an existing or new member of the bike share scheme:

 

  • Existing bike-share members just need to log in to their account at www.dublinbikes.ie and follow the on-screen instructions to associate a LEAP Card with their existing account;
  • New members simply log on to www.dublinbikes.ie where they will be requested to choose either LEAP Card or Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes membership card. They will be taken through a number of easy to follow steps after which, their LEAP Card needs to be validated for use at any one of the 101 stations across the city. Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said, “this innovation will make it very easy and convenient for new and existing bike share members, to easily link with the bike share scheme. I have no doubt this will prove to be an attractive feature for commuters who want to use the one card to link their bike journey with other sustainable public transport services, at various connection points across the city.”

According to Anne Graham, Chief Executive NTA, “Being able to use LEAP Card across multiple transport modes has proved to be a big draw for commuters with over one million cards sold since its launch five years ago.  Adding the customer ID for Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes to the LEAP Card should make people’s journeys around town a little easier; with the bike scheme accessible on the Leap Card, people will have one less card to carry around.”

The bike share scheme in Dublin continues to enjoy huge popularity and is one of the most successful bike schemes in the world, with more than 64,000 subscribers and 16.3 million journeys taken since the scheme came into being in 2009.

Joanne Grant, Managing Director JCDecaux said, “Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes is already an overwhelming success and an excellent demonstration of the JCDecaux city partnership model.  We are very pleased to have worked with the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council to deliver this initiative which will broaden the appeal of the scheme and make it accessible to more people.”

Commuters who wish to use LEAP Card to rent out bikes in Dublin can do this through www.dublinbikes.ie.

 

Mobility Week – Celebrating Cycling!

Posted 19 Sep 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

Mobility Week Coca-Cola Zero, the National Transport Authority and the four city councils of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway have come together to celebrate the many thousands of persons who choose to cycle in our cities, especially for commuting to work or education. Events will take place on Thursday September 22nd 2016, which is celebrated across European Cities as “In Town Without My Car” (or “Car Free”) day.

The numbers of persons choosing to cycle is growing every year. The four Irish cities are delighted to celebrate and recognise our daily cyclists, and their positive choice for accessing the city. In particular, the public bikes schemes, all sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero, have had a significant impact on the cities. Across the four cities, these bike systems collectively carry approximately 13,000 daily trips. This represents a significant element in our overall cycling numbers, and in our cities’ transport mix.

In Dublin, Dublin City Council will have a “Public Transport Through The Ages” family event on Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1 from 3pm to 7pm on the 22nd September 2016.

Wolfe Tone Square will host a family event displaying an old tram and bus from the Dublin Transport Museum manned by our very own conductor as part of Mobility Week 2016. There will face painting, music and a number of fun activities for everyone to enjoy on the day. Tea, coffee and refreshments are availability in the resident Tram Café on the square. This is a free family event and open to everyone to enjoy.

Coca-Cola Zero will be rewarding and refreshing users of the Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored public bike schemes who leave the car behind on 22nd September. Cycle-In Cafés will ‘pop-up’ at locations in the City where scheme users can pull in to enjoy some pastries, sandwiches and refreshments without ever leaving their bike. Coca-Cola Zero has also arranged for some surprise goodies which will be found in the baskets of the bikes on the day.
“Car-free day on Thursday 22nd September is important because it appeals to a wide audience. We are calling on everyone to take part, and look forward to welcoming both new and regular cyclists to our Cycle-In Cafés for some refreshments,” said Aoife Nagle, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland.

For more information please see www.mobilityweek.eu or follow #mobilityweek on social media

Wolfe Tone Square

Wolfe Tone Square

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A Cow at Wolfe Tone Square

The Tram Café Wolfe Tone Square

The Tram Café Wolfe Tone Square

 

Dublin PARK(ing) Day 2016 – Make your city BETTER, Make your city YOURS

Posted 15 Sep 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

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PARKing Day

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr will launch Dublin PARK(ing) Day at the Installation on South Anne’s Street, Dublin 2 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday 16th September 2016.

 

PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide initiative which started in San Francisco in 2005, where a single parking space was transformed into a temporary public park. Dublin City is now one of 180 cities that are taking part in PARK(ing) Day.

For a single day each year, a selection of on-street car parking spaces will be suspended and transformed into imaginative public spaces instead. Each installation will be unique and will make its own statement in favour of more people-friendly streets where space is for public use rather than the car.

Speaking in advance of the launch of PARK(ing) Day, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said, “Since it’s beginning in 2011, Dublin City has become one of the biggest participants, hosting a comparable number of spaces to New York. This has increased year on year, so this year, we are aiming for even more installations. I personally will be out and about visiting the various locations.”

Faolán Bashford from Dublin PARK(ing) Day said, “PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape. We are encouraging everyone to download the map and use it as a walking tour to see what can be done to animate and enrich the city.”

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PARKing Day

Dublin PARK(ing) Day is supported by Dublin City Council as part of EU Mobility Week, a series of events promoting better mobility. 

To view the PARK(ing) Day Map and Guide, please go to –http://www.dublinparkingday.org

#dublin park(ing) day #parkingday #parkingdaydub

Dublin Bus Strike – time to dust off the bicycle?

Posted 6 Sep 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

You may be aware of an upcoming Dublin Bus strike, with action due to take place on 8-9, 15-16 and 23-34 September 2016 meaning there will be no Dublin Bus services available for these dates.

For those of you who use Dublin Bus to commute it may be a good opportunity to explore alternative uses of travel – cycling or walking – during this period, especially given that good weather is promised for the 8th and 9th of September.

If you have not travelled your usual journey by foot or bicycle before it is very important to plan your trip in advance and be aware of the time and route as well as taking safety precautions.

Walking

If you live within 5 kilometers of your destination it should take you approximately 45 minutes to walk.

Please plan and know your route and ensure you wear appropriate footwear. There are a number on online maps and apps available that will map your walking route to your destination and give an estimated journey time, simply search online or if you have a smart phone your app store.

Cycling 

If you live within 5 kilometers of your destination it should take you approximately 15 minutes to cycle, and 30 minutes for a destination of 10 kilometers. If you don’t have a bicycle you could borrow one or hire one. Before you cycle please read our tips on keeping safe while cycling in the city.

If you are lucky enough to live near a dublinbike station you could hire a bike and cycle to your destination. You will need to register in advance at www.dublinbikes.ie, there are annual options and an option for a three day ticket. The first 30 minutes of hire is free however if you plan to take a dublinbike for the day be aware that a service charge is charged per half hour if the bike is not returned to a station so make sure you do your homework first!

There are a range of available tools available online to help plan your cycle journey, in particular the Transport for Ireland (TFI) National Journey Cycle Planner can help people map cycling alternatives to Dublin Bus services. This planner allows you to choose easier routes that will take you away from heavily trafficked roads so is a great resource for the less experienced cyclist.

Safety

The most important thing is to ensure you are safe; plan your route in advance, allow time for any delays and obey the rules of the road. Do however enjoy the experience! You may be interested to know that active travel – walking or cycling- has a whole range of health benefits for a journey you have to do anyway. Please see the blog post 150 minutes a week for more detail!

On the Road

On the Road

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Keep Your Bike Safe Infographic

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Cycling to Work

New on-street cycle stands installed

Posted 26 Aug 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

Dublin City Council, with the assistance of funding supplied by the National Transport Authority (NTA), have recently installed a batch of on-street cycle parking. The locations of the stands span across the city centre and will provide some more much needed on-street parking facilities for cyclists in Dublin.

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Capel Street, Dublin 1

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The installations of stainless steel Sheffield Stands have been fitted at the following locations:

  • Capel Street- northern end – 11 stands
  • Swift Row – 5 Stands
  • Bride Road – 5 Stands
  • Luke Street – 14 stands
  • Francis Street- (Thomas Street end) – 10 Stands
  • Exchange Street Upper- 7 Stands
  • Charlemont Street – 5 Stands
  • Clanbrassil Street- either side of Fumbally Lane – 10 stands
  • Mary Street – 9 Stands
  • Thomas Davis Street – 10 Stands
  • Ryder’s Row – 16 stands

Dublin City Council is currently working on a further batch of cycle parking, it is hoped these additional stands will be installed later in 2016.

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Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8

Francis Street, Dublin 8

Francis Street, Dublin 8

It is important to note, as outlined in our Keep Your Bike Safe blog post, always secure your bike against theft by investing in good quality bicycle locks. Preferably a U-lock should be used to attached the frame of the bicycle to the fixed stand. A separate cable lock should then be used to secure both wheels of the bicycle to the stand also.  Please visit your local bicycle shop if you are in doubt about the quality of your lock or need advice on what best suits your cycling needs.

Mary Street, Dublin 1

Mary Street, Dublin 1

Swift Row, Dublin 1

Swift Row, Dublin 1

 

Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

 

Charlemont Street, Dublin 2

Charlemont Street, Dublin 2

Bride Road, Dublin 8

Bride Road, Dublin 8

Cyclist safety is a top priority for Dublin Bus

Posted 24 Aug 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

From Dublin Bus:

Recently Dublin Bus, with the help of rewnowned Irish broadcaster Cathal Mac Coille, launced its new driver training video to national cycling groups, the Road Safety Authority and other organisiations with a keen interest in cyclist safety.

Cyclist safety has always formed part of Dublin Bus driver training processes and this video aims to further increase driver awareness.

The video has a fun tone but a serious message and covers all areas of cyclist awareness and safety, teaching drivers about best safety practice. Inspired by the esteemed broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, the video depicts an ‘Urban Jungle’ where the bus and cyclist must coexist as one.

Dublin Bus share Dublin’s streets with other users and cyclists are some of the most vulernable road users.  At peak times there are approximately 900 buses and 8,500 cyclists on the roads together. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that our drivers are equipped with the best training methods to keep both them and other road users safe.

This video will be shown to existing and new drivers as part of our driver training programme. 

View the short clip and make your way into our Urban Jungle. 

 

Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route Community Engagement

Posted 2 Aug 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

The proposed developments on the Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route from Sheriff Street Upper to North Strand Road is now open for community engagement.

The purpose of the scheme is to link the recently constructed Dublin City Council Premium Cycle Route, which terminates at Sheriff Street Upper, with existing cycle and pedestrian facilities on North Strand Road and the proposed continuation of the Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route, continuing west along the Canal.

The scheme forms part of a Part 8 planning permission granted in December 2015

For further information please see;

Public Displays and Public Information Events

Drawings of the proposed scheme will be on display at the following locations between Friday 29th July  2016 and Friday 19th August 2016:

  • Charleville Mall Library, North Strand;
  • Saint Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, Sheriff Street;
  • Main Foyer, Civic Offices, Wood Quay.

In addition, Public Information Meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday 3rd August 2016 evening (6.00pm-8.30pm) in Saint Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, and
  • Thursday 4th August 2016 afternoon (2.30pm – 5.00pm) in Charleville Mall Library.

During these times design team members will be available to meet members of the public to discuss the project and to receive suggestions and feedback for them.

Members of the public may make submissions in person at the above events, or may make a submission in writing (by email or post) until Friday 19th August 2016.Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route Phase 2 Community Engagement, Environment and Transportation Department, Dublin City Council, Block 2 Floor 6, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Email submissions may be emailed to traffic@dublincity.ie