Submission on Quality Bus Corridor in Rathmines

I have made a submission as part of the public consultation on the Rathgar Road to Grand Canal section of the Tallaght Quality Bus Corridor (QBC) scheme. My main comments relate to the proposed design whereby cycle lanes would be marked within general traffic lanes – see my earlier post ‘Half-and-half cycle lane’ for details.

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IEEE working on e-voting standards

This article from Wired News indicates that the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) are “in the process of drafting new standards for electronic voting systems.” Worryingly, the article suggests that the IEEE committee working on this has been dominated by the voting machine companies:

The committee has, in the past, been dominated by people who oppose adding a paper trail to e-voting machines and by people who oppose examining commercial off-the-shelf software used in voting machines

More encouragingly, however, David Dill of is also a member of the committee.

Scully’s Field: Lodging an appeal

I’m hoping to organise an appeal by the Green Party against the Scully’s Field decision, further to the objection to the original proposal lodged by Claire Wheeler, John Gormley, Ciaran Fallon and myself.

The Scully’s Field River Park Action Group have issued a newsletter with details of how to appeal the planning decision, and how to make an observation in respect of an appeal.

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Cycle journeys in UK still in decline

The Guardian’s Society section carried an article recently on the UK’s National Cycle Network, which is nearing completion:

The number of cycle journeys in Britain has fallen since 2001, despite government strategies intended to increase bike use nationally fourfold by 2012. Fewer people in Britain, it seems, are prepared to get on their bike, even though more than 25 million live within two miles of where the network passes.

Velo-City 2004: Call for papers

A call for papers for the Velo-City 2005 conference has been issued:

Velo-City 2005 logoAbstracts of papers are invited for Velo-city 2005 on the themes set out in the Conference Themes. Abstracts should contain no more than 300 words that clearly set out the essence of what will be presented in the final paper. The abstract should be submitted online before 1st October 2004, for review by the Technical Committee. Successful authors will be notified in December 2004.

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Permission granted for 92 apartments on Scully’s Field

Scully's Field, Milltown, DublinDublin City Council have granted permission for the larger part of the proposed development on Scully’s Field. Scully’s Field is a site adjacent to the River Dodder between Milltown and Clonskeagh, and the local community have been fighting a long-term battle to have the site made available as a public park or natural amenity. This planning permission is a major blow to the campaign, but it will be appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Another planning application is still being considered, for 18 apartments on a portion of the site in different ownership. If this is granted it will have to be appealed separately.

I’m going to try to get my hands on the planner’s report, but in the meantime a summary of the planning application is available.

Physical barriers between cycle lanes and other traffic?

There’s a suggestion on‘s Virtual Institute of Simplicity to “put a kerb on the outside of cycle lanes”. It’s pointed out that they do this in Paris, but the roadways in Paris are generally wider than in Dublin. My concern is that a concrete kerb would take space away from cyclists, rather than motorists. Also, it may further enforce the “ghettoisation” of cyclists, whereby motorists don’t expect to see cyclists in any part of the roadway other than the cycle lane.

In any case, comments and votes are being accepted at

Quality Bus Corridor Consultation-fest

No fewer than 5 Quality Bus Corridor (QBC) schemes have just been opened for public consultation, at the height of the silly season. They are:

  • Tallaght QBC (Rathgar Road to Grand Canal)
  • South Clondalkin QBC (Naas Road to Dolphin Road)
  • Waterloo QBC (Waterloo Road)
  • Lucan QBC (Arran Quay)
  • Malahide QBC (Collins Avenue to Donnycarney Road)

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