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Stones left on cycle lanes

  • 11-06-2021 5:50pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ tdf7187


    Has anyone encountered this? Very small minded, and indeed highly dangerous, thing to do. I am convinced it is being done deliberately on the cycle lane from Sandyford down to Blackrock village. Hopefully it is just kids messing, if it's an adult.....


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  • Registered Users Posts: 795 ✭✭✭ byrnem31


    I know on some of the mountain bike pages on facebook, cyclist are warning that people have been leaving huge rocks out on some of the trails on purpose. Pure scum.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ tdf7187


    byrnem31 wrote: »
    I know on some of the mountain bike pages on facebook, cyclist are warning that people have been leaving huge rocks out on some of the trails on purpose. Pure scum.

    "huge rocks" - so therefore, adults must be doing it, or at the very least adolescents. As you say, pure scummery.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,406 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder


    re the OP, how big are the stones? possibly fallen out of a passing dump truck maybe?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ tdf7187


    re the OP, how big are the stones? possibly fallen out of a passing dump truck maybe?

    They are small. It's possibly they fell from a truck as there is a lot of construction work in the area, but there were three or four of them directly adjacent to each other in one spot, which is why I suspect human agency. It doesn't seem likely they concidentally clustered in the one spot after falling from a truck.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    Any chance they are put there so you get off your bike, then some lads hop out and rob you?
    Similar to the broken glass trick on the canal.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,920 ✭✭✭ nomdeboardie


    I came off my bike a few months ago just after the south-bound Wyattville-N11 'overpass-junction' after hitting a fist-sized stone/rock in the cycle lane where it goes through the concrete islands seen on the left here https://www.google.com/maps/@53.2473841,-6.1368095,3a,75y,143.64h,67.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sUyY4QikwCpRLko4Ux1oAtw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192. Lost control, went into the curb just past the junction and flew onto the footpath, wrenching my shoulder and ribcage. Shoulder was so bad (though improved a bit since then) that I was/am afraid to have it looked at. Was mad at myself for failing to notice the stone until it was too late, but equally I was thinking that IF it had been put there deliberately I would want the perpetrator convicted of grevious bodily harm and sent to a special place in hell etc. Just a single stone in this case, though, so less likely to have been deliberate, I suppose.

    Thank for the heads-up (or down, a it were :p) anyway, OP - which road exactly was that?


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,509 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    tdf7187 wrote: »
    Has anyone encountered this? Very small minded, and indeed highly dangerous, thing to do. I am convinced it is being done deliberately on the cycle lane from Sandyford down to Blackrock village. Hopefully it is just kids messing, if it's an adult.....

    Anywhere in particular on that route that we should be looking out for?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,823 ✭✭✭ buffalo


    One of the local cycle tracks is on a route heavily used by trucks, and where ever there's no grass verge it's covered in small stones to an unusable extent.

    I swear every time I use it I report it to the council and ask them to sweep it every two weeks or something minimal, but hasn't worked the last 10 times or so.

    Anyway, might be nothing malicious depending on the location.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,729 ✭✭✭ Tombo2001


    I think its a stretch to say people are leaving stones there - cycle lanes are on the verge and any debris will end up there.

    The council does a far better job that people give them credit for - no they arent cleaned out every day, but they do get cleaned out.


  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 32,838 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle


    Tombo2001 wrote: »
    The council does a far better job that people give them credit for - no they arent cleaned out every day, but they do get cleaned out.
    I've reported gravel, glass, etc on the Nangor Rd cycle path (at Grange Castle & Profile Park) and how at some points, it was almost dangerous. Nothing done :rolleyes:

    Councils choose what to do and something like a cycle path will be way down their list of priorities.


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,406 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder


    i cycled phibsboro/church street recently, first time in many months. the (wand protected) cycle lanes there were filthy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,995 ✭✭✭ Padre_Pio


    i cycled phibsboro/church street recently, first time in many months. the (wand protected) cycle lanes there were filthy.

    Course they are, you can't get a street sweeper in there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,721 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so


    byrnem31 wrote: »
    I know on some of the mountain bike pages on facebook, cyclist are warning that people have been leaving huge rocks out on some of the trails on purpose. Pure scum.
    Isn't that trail issue more about walkers v cyclists?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,343 ✭✭✭ Wheety


    I've reported gravel, glass, etc on the Nangor Rd cycle path (at Grange Castle & Profile Park) and how at some points, it was almost dangerous. Nothing done :rolleyes:

    Councils choose what to do and something like a cycle path will be way down their list of priorities.

    Until someone injures themselves and takes a claim against the council. Then it'll be on their list.


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,721 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so


    tdf7187 wrote: »
    They are small. It's possibly they fell from a truck as there is a lot of construction work in the area, but there were three or four of them directly adjacent to each other in one spot, which is why I suspect human agency. It doesn't seem likely they coincidentally clustered in the one spot after falling from a truck.
    You should report it to the local council so they can get sweepers out. Also get onto some of the councillors, the more militant the better!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,081 ✭✭✭✭ nullzero


    tdf7187 wrote: »
    Has anyone encountered this? Very small minded, and indeed highly dangerous, thing to do. I am convinced it is being done deliberately on the cycle lane from Sandyford down to Blackrock village. Hopefully it is just kids messing, if it's an adult.....

    How long did it take you to clear the rocks away for the benefit of the next people using the lane?

    Glazers Out!



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,737 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Padre_Pio wrote: »
    Course they are, you can't get a street sweeper in there.

    They have mini ones and have been using them for cycle lanes, but obviously not regular or widespread enough.


  • Registered Users Posts: 366 ✭✭ HerrKapitan


    There was a large stone left on the cycle path on the N31 just by Stillorgan reservoir, at a pinch point in the cycle lane by the cycle/pedestrian entrance that leads to the luas. Heading towards the N11.

    I don't know if it was just because I read this thread beforehand, but it was interestingly rested/placed, it made me think that it was put there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    Hurrache wrote: »
    They have mini ones and have been using them for cycle lanes, but obviously not regular or widespread enough.

    yeah, they used to use "green machines" for street sweeping, but I haven't seen them in years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,110 ✭✭✭ con747


    If any use you could try these. https://fixmystreet.ie Might get a better outcome.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,823 ✭✭✭ buffalo


    con747 wrote: »
    If any use you could try these. https://fixmystreet.ie Might get a better outcome.

    I got an update just today from a report I made about stones in a cycle lane in March.

    March 2020. Pre-****ing-pandemic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,509 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    buffalo wrote: »
    I got an update just today from a report I made about stones in a cycle lane in March.

    March 2020. Pre-****ing-pandemic.

    Fingal, by any chance?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,823 ✭✭✭ buffalo


    Fingal, by any chance?

    Yes. I got another two updates subsequently, so they must be doing a clearing out of old tickets.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,509 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    buffalo wrote: »
    Yes. I got another two updates subsequently, so they must be doing a clearing out of old tickets.

    Snap


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,739 ✭✭✭ RobertFoster


    buffalo wrote: »
    I got an update just today from a report I made about stones in a cycle lane in March.

    March 2020. Pre-****ing-pandemic.
    In April I got an email from someone in Kildare CoCo asking for the exact location of rubbish bags I took a picture of in April... 2019 :eek: They were willing to meet up and everything.

    I submitted 3 reports in late April / early May. Balbriggan & Finglas (both Fingal I assume) just got back to me today, but DCC got back to me within 24 hours.


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