Originally Posted by Billgirlylegs
The behaviour of a significant proportion (more than 50%) of cyclists is a big pain, sometimes dangerous to others - pedestrians, cyclists and motorists - and that is why there are so many negative articles and comments.
Well that's just incorrect. I cycle a 40km round trip each day including the quays in Dublin and dangerous behaviour is not the dominant observation of any road user. Most cyclists stop for red lights but not all, most cars stop for red lights but not all of them. This morning I saw two cyclists make left turns on red and I saw a van and car try to cross Pearse St heading north on Macken Street when there was no space for them, thus blocking all traffic heading east on Pearse Street for an entire cycle of lights. Plenty of pedestrians also walked out across the road without adequately checking for traffic.
The problem with these articles is that
- any article about cycling seems incomplete without a measure of victim-blaming and a rant about poor cyclist behaviour
- the proportion of cyclists breaking the laws is always exaggerated
- other poor behaviour on the roads is ignored, both driving and pedestrian
- a false equivalence is generated between the dangers of poor cycling behaviour and poor driving behaviour
- all cyclists and cycling lobby groups are tarred with the same brush in a way that driving lobby groups e.g. Conor Faughnan and the AA are not
Given the recent craven attempt by the Dept. of Transport to undermine the express intent and will of a Ministerial decision by casting doubt over legislation that they themselves created, the car-centric focus of the RSA, the lack of anything bar lip-service to the National Cycle Policy's goal of having 10% of journeys made my bike in 2020 and the repeated cyclist bashing articles in national media, it is difficult to believe that cycling is getting a fair hearing nationally.
As an aside, here are the 19 objectives of the NCPF - I'll let others judge how well these have been implemented over the last 7 years.
Objective 1: Support the planning, development and design of towns and cities in a cycling and pedestrian friendly way.
Objective 2: Ensure that the urban road infrastructure(with the exception of motorways) is designed /retrofitted so as to be cyclist-friendly and that traffic management measures are also cyclist friendly.
Objective 3: Provide designated rural cycle networks especially for visitors and recreational cycling.
Objective 4: Provide cycling-friendly routes to all schools, adequate cycling parking facilities within schools, and cycling training to all school pupils.
Objective 5: Ensure that all of the surfaces used by cyclists are maintained to a high standard and are well lit.
Objective 6: Ensure that all cycling networks - both urban and rural - are signposted to an agreed standard.
Objective 7: Provide secure parking for bikes.
Objective 8: Ensure proper integration between cycling and public transport.
Objective 9: Provide public bikes in cities.
Objective 10: Improve the image of cycling and promote cycling using “soft interventions” such as promotional campaigns, events etc.
Objective 11: Improve cyclists’ cycling standards and behaviour on the roads.
Objective 12: Improve driver education and driving standards so that there is a greater appreciation for the safety needs of cyclists.
Objective 13: Support the provision of fiscal incentives to cycle.
Objective 14: Provide appropriate levels of, and timely, financial resources towards implementing the NCPF.
Objective 15: Introduce changes to legislation to improve cyclist safety.
Objective 16: Improve enforcement of traffic laws to enhance cyclist safety and respect for cyclists.
Objective 17: Develop a structure that can coordinate the implementation of activities across the many Government Departments, Agencies and NGO’s.
Objective 18: Provide design professionals with suitable training / guidance to develop and implement the policies of the NCPF. Support the deepening of knowledge of the subject of planning for cyclists in Ireland.
Objective 19: Evaluate the cycling policy and monitor the success as the measures are implemented.