New cycle lanes part of planning conditions

Bollards put on cycle lane to stop parking

New cycle lanes part of planning conditions

This week plastic bollards have been fixed along Dundalk's latest cycle lane, heightening tensions among residents.

There was fresh uproar last week when the new cycle lane was laid at St Mary's College.

Initially residents continued to park along the street, but this week additional bollards have been applied along the street, making parking on the cycling lane far more difficult.

The cycle lane as it stands is not connected to any other existing cycle lanes across Dundalk.

Louth County Council issued a statement on the matter:

“The cycle track is being constructed on the roadway in front of the Marist School. This section of cycle track is part of the cycle network as identified in the Dundalk ‘Smarter Travel’ initiative. The section of cycle track currently being constructed is required in order to comply with the terms of the planning permission for the redevelopment of the school.

“The cycle track has been designed in compliance with the guidance given in the National Cycle Manual.

“The bollards are an integral element of the design and their function is to prevent traffic tracking onto the cycle track in the vicinity of the school.

Last week Cllr Maria Doyle said thatshe fielded a number of inquiries from local residents who are angry about the new lanes.

Many believe this cycle lane is effectively ruining another one of the Dundalk's most attractive street scapes.

The Stapleton Place cycle lane fiasco was raised in the Oireachtas at the time.

Senator Mary Moran described the layout of the cycle lanes at Stapleton Place to the House and explained the dangers involved for residents living on that side of the street, particularly when trying to manoeuvre buggies, prams, car-seats, small children or disabled persons across the cycle lanes to their homes.