The draft programme for government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party commits the forthcoming coalition to further investment in new and improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Which is a welcome development. Unfortunately I have no doubt that when it comes to planning and constructing that infrastructure a number of local and regional authorities around the country, and in the capital in particular, will make an absolute balls of it. Unfortunately with the move to push bicycles and people off the streets in favour of motor transport in the 1960s and ’70s Ireland interrupted the cycling tradition in our urban spaces that most of our fellow northern Europeans continued to develop. And in a far more comprehensive manner.
Here is an instructive YouTube video on the subject from Copenhagen by the Canadian-Danish urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen discussing what can go wrong even in the most bike-friendly of places.