The government draft agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens obliges the upcoming coalition to make further investments in new and improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Which is a welcome development. Unfortunately, I have no doubt that a number of local and regional authorities across the country, and particularly in the capital, will be making an absolute blast with the design and construction of this infrastructure. Unfortunately, in an attempt to force bicycles and people off the roads in favor of motor transport in the 1960s and 1970s, Ireland disrupted the urban bicycle tradition that most of our fellow Northern Europeans were developing. And much more comprehensive.
Here’s an educational YouTube video from Copenhagen-based Canadian-Danish city planner Mikael Colville-Andersen that discusses what can go wrong in even the most bike-friendly places.