Councillor Maria Doyle is calling for a temporary halt to the contruction of the town’s cycle-lane network because it’s construction has raised so much criticism
“I am not running an anti-cycle-lane campaign. But I want to see cycle lanes that will work. There is no indication that this network is working, or will work in the end.”
Cllr Doyle wants all the construction work on cycle lanes in Dundalk stopped immediately followed by a special meeting of Dundalk Town Council to discuss the whole cycle network plan for the town.
“Dundalk Town Council got so much funding and is spending it,” she said, “but Dundalk has been locked out of further funding.
“So far, the plan is having a negative impact on the lives of the people living in Stapleton Place and Chapel Street.
“I want us to find a resolution to the obvious problems that have so far arisen: not to stop things but to get a common sense approach.
“The cycle lane at Vincent Avenue to the Ardee Road means that traffic at the Cresent will have to stop in the middle of the road.
“We had a meeting with the residents of Stapleton Place, the Grammar School, and the Gardai on 14 March and Town Engineer Catherine Duff said she would come back with a response.
“We were disappointed that took six weeks, just before Minister Alan Kelly came to view the lanes.
“What I want to see is some proper consultation, even at this stage. There has been no proper consultation. Even the councillors were not informed.
“Also, the design is proving unworkable and we need to look at that.
“And we need to look again at the cost. Funding has been made available for this network, but some money has had to come also from the town council budget.”
“I want to see a cycle-lane system that is sensible. But many problems have arisen so far and they need to be looked at now.
“At least three people have been reported as having fallen at the cycle lane islands in the darkness because there are no lights at these points.
“We need to sort out these problems immediately,” Cllr Doyle said.
Sinn Fein councillor Jennifer Green has also called for a halt “due to the unprecedented anger felt by the citizens of Dundalk at the decimation of our town streets by the introduction of cycle lanes”.