A citywide campaign group of residents, community groups and local businesses say they have come together due to ‘widespread outrage’ over Dublin City Council’s ‘continued efforts to force through their Covid Mobility Strategy without proper consultation processes.’
The new ‘Cycle Lane Action Group’ say the plan is using Covid-19 ‘as an excuse to bulldoze through cycle lanes without due consideration to health & safety and with no regard to statutory planning regulations.’
The Cycle Lane Action Group also say they’re calling on the Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan to suspend any further cycle lane works pending the outcome of the Stand Road Sandymount High Court Judicial review.
The Cycle Lane Action Group have also raised concerns with the Council’s online ‘Consultation Hub’, which they say cleverly excludes people without internet access.
Commenting on the formation of the Cycle Lane Action Group, lead spokesperson Cllr Mannix Flynn said;
“To be very clear, our group does not object to cycle lanes, but we do object to the undemocratic way Dublin City Council is forcing through these changes to our neighbourhoods and wrecking the streetscape while endangering lives.
“There have not been proper consultation processes and there are very serious health & safety concerns. In the case of Griffith Avenue, the appointed health & safety experts raised safety issues in a number of areas, but four months on, Dublin City Council refuse to fully action them.’’
“The Council is using Covid-19 as an excuse to ram through these changes.
“By calling it the ‘Covid Mobility Strategy’, the Council is misleading the public to think that this plan has something to do with fighting the pandemic.
“It is total spin, as it was a plan the Council hatched before any of us even knew what Covid 19 social distance measures.
“Our group is comprised of residents’ associations, community groups and local businesses across affected areas in the city.
“We are urging Dublin City Council to properly advertise the changes and encourage proper consultation and dialogue, review the post-Covid impacts of the plans and carry out an environmental impact study.’’
The Cycle Lane Action Group has called on the Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan to suspend any further cycle lane works pending the outcome of the Stand Road Sandymount High Court Judicial review. The Group also said that ‘similar problems’ may be faced in other areas of the country, and that they are in contact with local groups in towns and cities across Ireland.
Group members include:
- Griffith Avenue Residents Group
- Bath Avenue (BADRA)
- STC Community (Sandymount)
- Poolbeg Quay
- Fairview, Marino Small Business Association
- Booterstown Group
- New Street Malahide
- Park Avenue Action Group
- Merrion Road Residents Association
- Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre
- Gilford Road Residents Association
- Ringsend & Irishtown Tidy Towns Association
- Sandymount Avenue Residents Association
- Ballsbridge Living
- Church Avenue Residents Group
- The Spellman Centre Irishtown
- Voice of Vision Impairment
- Strand Road Merrion Gates Residents Group