Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O'Gorman
Today I am setting out a range of proposals that I will implement if I’m elected to Fingal County Council on 5th June to make cycling a genuinely safe option.
As someone who has recently taken up cycling again, I can see at first hand the problems that cyclists face every day. While Dublin 15 does have cycle lanes in certain places, these are not provided in any sort of planned manner. Many junctions in the area are highly unsafe for cyclists. There are big gaps in cycle lanes, particularly through Blanchardstown and Castleknock villages. I raised this latter issue in my recent submission on the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy.
Despite the risks faced by cyclist every day, there has been an 8% increase in the number of people cycling to work between 2007 – 2008. Indeed, there has been a 34% increase in the number of cyclists since 1998. Those people who make the choice to cycle should be assured that they can do so in safety. While at national level, the Government is playing its part through the Bike Scheme tax break and investment in cycle lanes, I believe that Fingal County Council has a responsibility, but also a real opportunity to make cycling genuinely safe.
I have set out a range of proposals that I will work on if elected to Fingal County Council to ensure that we make cycling genuinely safe. These include ensuring that cyclist are represented on Fingal County Councils Transportation Strategic Policy Committee, appointing a Cycling Officer for Fingal County Council like in Dublin City Council and drawing up a Safe Cycling Strategy for Dublin 15.
On the roads, I will work to ensure that a review is undertaken of the safety of existing cycling lanes, especially where these intersect with roads or where they finish abruptly. I also will fight to see that the margins of roads are kept clean and smooth in places where cycle lanes are not provided.
While out canvassing I am regularly asked by cyclists why Fingal County Council are not doing more to support cyclists. If I am elected to the Council on 5th June, making cycling a genuinely safe option for commuters will be one of my key priorities.
Proposals that Roderic O’Gorman will enact if elected to Fingal County Council to make cycling safe
- Give cyclists representation on Fingal County Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee
- Bring Fingal County Council and cyclists together to draw up a ‘Safe Cycling Strategy’ for Dublin 15. This will allow cyclists engage with the Council to identify black-spots for cyclists and the remedial works which need to be undertaken on these.
- Employ a Cycling Officer for Fingal County Council, like in Dublin City Council – to oversee that the planning and engineering of roads considers the needs of cyclists.
- Undertake a review of the safety of existing cycle lanes, particularly where they intersect with roads or where they abruptly finish.
- Ensure the upkeep of the margins of roads in places where cycle lanes are not provided
- Examine junctions to see where Advanced Stop Lines (ASL’s) would be beneficial for cyclists
- Investigate the feasibility of developing a cycle path along the banks of the Royal Canal to provide a safe route for cyclists linking them to much of the north inner city.
- Improve bike parking facilities at locations like train stations, major bus stops, Blanchardstown Library, and local shopping centres.