We love our cars.
In fact, Ireland is one of the most car-dependent countries in the world. The attempt to transition our roads into a more bike and pedestrian-friendly space has been met with considerable resistance up and down the country.
Who could forget the great Sandymount two-way cycle lane scandal of 2021? That went all the way to the High Court.
One of the most frustrating factors for cyclists is that even when lanes are available, they’re rarely respected.
It’s pretty common to find cars, vans or taxis pulled in, parked and generally blocking bike lanes, meaning users are forced to swerve into the main road, or worse; face oncoming traffic.
That’s why Cork City Council are taking action, announcing new rules for motorists that could land them with a hefty fine.
Previous fine doubled
Starting on February 1st, 2022, anyone caught parking on a footpath, cycle track, or bus lane will be fined €80 – double the previous fine, which was €40.
Of course, this is just one way of tackling the problem. Cycle groups are calling for lanes to be protected with physical barriers and not just paint as these can be easily crossed and as the case may be, not respected.
In the meantime, let’s hope those pesky motorists learn their lesson.