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How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed cycling in Dublin City? – Weekly News & Analysis

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, people have looked for alternative methods of travelling to avoid busy public transport. Eibhin Kavanagh investigates how the pandemic is affecting cycling in the city.

Is cycling in Dublin City safe? Photo by Eibhin Kavanagh
With our movements once again restricted, people in Ireland are limited to travelling within 5km of their homes. Walking and cycling have become a more popular means of exercising as a result of gyms closing and sporting events being cancelled.

In the last ten years, Dublin has seen an increase in the number of people cycling. A number of bike share schemes have become well established. However, 2020 has seen an exponential increase in cyclists, which Dublin City has had to accommodate. This change, due to social distancing restrictions, means more space is required for both pedestrians and cyclists to make their way around the  city.  

Councillor Michael Pidgeon talked to The City about the recent changes related to cycling in Dublin City.

“In some ways I think the people are ahead of where the city is,” Pidgeon said. “We know that outside of peak hours there are now more people cycling than there were at this time of the year last year; there’s been a huge increase.”

Dublin City Council projected  a 200% increase of cyclists in Dublin City from 2019 to 2020.This would be an increase from 13,131 to 39,000.

  2019 Figures Likely Future Change Potential Future Figures
All Public Transport 116,287 80% Capacity Reduction 30,000
Car 57,985 Approx. 30% reduction 41,000
Taxi 2,661 Assume 30% reduction 1,900
Walk 24,691 Target 100% increase 50,000
Cycle 13,131 Target 200% increase 39,000
Goods 983 No change 1,000
Motorcycles 1,485 No change 1,485
Total (persons) 217,223   164,385
Source: Dublin City Council 
Source: Dublin City Council 

The Canal Cordon Count was analysed by Dublin City Council to determine where the greatest demand for walking and cycling was recorded. The table below shows the number of people crossing the canal cordon (both directions) during the morning peak period from 7am to 10am in November 2019.

Source: Dublin City Council 
From 1997 to 2019, the number of cyclists crossing this cordon heading into the city centre between 7 am and 10 am increased by 133%, from 5,628 to 13,125.

The number of cyclists remained between  4,000 and 6,000 between 1997 and 2010 before increasing by approximately 15% year on year until 2015 when the increase slowed up until 2017.  There was a small decrease in 2018,  but cycling numbers increased by 7.3% in 2018 and 2019. 

Source: Dublin City Council 
According to research conducted by the Road Safety Authority, 4 in 5 cyclists are injured on urban roads. More cyclists are  injured during morning and evening commutes. Of all collisions involving another vehicle – 4 in 5 cyclists are injured by cars. 1,056 cyclists were injured in collisions in 2018.

In Dublin, the number of cyclist deaths since 1997 has remained relatively low with a slight increase in 2017, according to figures collected by the Road Safety Authority.

Image Source- Irish Cycle.com
Dublin has over 120 miles of cycle routes. While changes have been ongoing to improve cycling infrastructure in the city, especially since lockdown in the spring, the demand is high for safe and accessible cycling.

“It felt like at the start of the pandemic there was a real understanding that we needed to take more space for cycling to encourage more people to do it, but it feels like that momentum has dropped a bit,” said Pidgeon. “So, I think that we need to get that going again.

“In terms of infrastructure, I think the big changes we have seen are some of the temporary measures along the quays, particularly along the northside quays.”

Some of the Cycle Safety interventions introduced since April include the installation of Nassau Street contra-flow cycle track from Clare Street to Dawson Street, the partial installation of key sections of the Interim Liffey Cycle route, removal of on-street car parking from Inns Quay and Ormond Quay, and a section of work from Church Street to Ha’penny Bridge, according to Dublin City Council.

Dublin City Council also discussed other plans to ensure safe cycling in the city, including the reduction of the number of traffic lanes to accommodate protected cycling facilities on both sides of the road, while maintaining a balance for other required services. While there have been major changes made within Dublin City Centre to ensure safe cycling, other parts of the city have yet to see changes that will make cycling accessible and safe.

“One of the things is to start looking at the urban villages, so instead of just focusing on the very core city centre, you would be looking at areas like Inchicore, Rialto, Stoneybatter, Phibsborough, Rathmines,” Pidgeon said in relation to making cycling consistent for everyone.

“What we seen in the pandemic is that people are happy enough to stay within a few kilometers of where they live, so we shouldn’t just be designing a cycle lane with a view that will just take office workers from the suburbs to the city centre, because that’s not what the demand is right now. That’s important, we should definitely do that, but it will have to also be about making sure that local routes around your home are safe.

“There’s still a lot to do, but equally I’d like to say that cycling in Dublin City is safe. There’s a perception of danger that I don’t think is entirely there. There’s a lot the city needs to do to feel a lot safer and be safer with segregated lanes, but if anyone’s considering it, I’d say just ask a friend who does cycle regularly and they can show you some good routes give you some tips and you’ll be up and running in no time.”
— Read on thecity.ie/2020/11/04/how-has-the-covid-19-pandemic-changed-cycling-in-dublin-city/

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The prime minister has pledged £1bn to help school children in Englandaffected by the coronavirus lockdown. Schools have been closed to nearly all pupils since before the Easter break – and it is thought unlikely that most will return until after the summer holidays. Boris Johnson says the funding will mean the most disadvantaged pupils can get access to tutors through a £350m scheme, while primary and secondary schools have been allocated £650m to pay for one-to-one or group tuition. Head teachers say the funds are welcome but have asked for more details. The announcement comes as a report this week suggested most teachers believe their pupils are doing less – or much less work – than would be normal at this time of year, due to the lockdown. The report added that as many as a third of children are not engaging with the work that has been set for them. This comes on top of continuing concerns about how to get schools in England open safely come September.

Meanwhile, a study involving universities and health bodies across the UK has found that people with South Asian backgrounds are the most likely to die from Covid-19 after they have been admitted to hospital. The research looked at almost 35,000 patients at 260 hospitals in Great Britain and found that people of South Asian ethnicity were 20% more likely to die than white people. The study suggest that one of the reasons for this is the high levels of diabetes – both type one and type two – among people from that ethnic group. The scientists say their findings should influence policies for protecting people at work and who gets access to vaccines.

In other news, the Royal College of Nursing is calling on all healthcare employers to “care for those who have been caring” during the coronavirus pandemic. The RCN says those who have been working on the front line may be dealing with exhaustion, anxiety and other psychological problems. It wants to see improved testing for front-line healthcare staff and a commitment that nurses will not be pressured into working if they feel they do not have the right personal protective equipment.

In other Covid-19 news, health officials are working to tackle two outbreaks in England – in Leicester and Cleckheaton. Schools in Northern Ireland are to follow social-distancing of 1m which officials say will mean full classes will be able to attend. In Scotland, new rules on how members of different households can meet uphave come into effect. And in Wales, the first minister is set to announce further changes to the nation’s lockdown rules later on Friday.

And the BBC’s head of statistics has been casting his eye over the UK’s death toll from Covid-19 and comparing it with other countries. You can read his conclusions here.



In the US, a passenger on an American Airlines’ flight has been removed after he refused to wear a face covering. Forrner actor Brandon Straka was asked to leave the service from New York to Dallas on Wednesday after he refused to comply with the crew’s request. He says he was ejected after saying there was no federal law which required him to wear a mask. But American Airlines says its policy is that passengers who refused to cover their face will not be allowed to board . Strict new laws for air passengers have been also enacted in Europe – as our video explains.


Elsewhere, the BBC’s Rome correspondent, Mark Lowen, has been back to Lombardy, the Italian region which has borne the brunt of the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The area has been dubbed “the Wuhan of the West” after the Chinese city where the virus originated. You can see Mark’s report here. And speaking of Wuhan, BBC China correspondent John Sudworth has been back to the city and has been speaking to Adam Fleming on the Coronavirus Newscast.


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As the UK economy continues to take a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests that there are currently around 20 people chasing every job vacancy in poorer parts of the country, with economists saying unemployment could surge this year . According to the Institute for Employment Studies, ex-industrial and inner-city areas have been hardest hit, while in wealthier areas there are five people out of work for every vacancy. The government has responded to the study by saying it has taken “unprecedented action” to support the economy.


One consequence of how lockdown rules have restricted the number of people who can attend funerals is that charitable donations have dropped to a fifth of the usual level. Because fewer people are going to funeral services, less money is being dropped in collection plates. This “ In Memoriam” fundraising usually brings in £1m a year for the British Lung Foundation. And the drop-off in giving comes at a time when many charities are seeing extra demand for their services – or are carrying out vital medical research. You can read the full story here.



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As people across the UK venture further afield for exercise, or return to the workplace while avoiding public transport, bikes are one of the latest items people are struggling to get their hands on. With the six-week school break soon to begin but a ban on foreign travel firmly in place, secondary school teacher Saskia Breet began looking for bikes to buy in mid-May but the hunt soon became “frustrating”. “When I rang various different bike shops around Bristol – some big brands like Trek, and some smaller independent shops – they all just said either ‘it’s completely sold out and we’re not getting any more stock this year’, or ‘we don’t know when we’ll have a new shipment for that particular model’,” she says.  Recent high demand has meant Trek has sold out of the 2020 models of most of its bikes earlier than expected. It has made 2021 models available to pre-order but customer service staff told the BBC: “If you were to place a pre-order now the stock would likely arrive in January.”


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Images of Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn make it on to the front pages of several papers, following her death on Thursday at the age of 103. The Daily Express says the Queen – who was “very, very sad” to hear the news – led the country in mourning. The Daily Mail’s lead says efforts to tackle coronavirus have had another setback, following the health secretary’s decision to abandon the government’s own tracing app because it will not work on “millions of phones”. The Times reports that ministers have tried to play down the problem, with Matt Hancock saying they will work with Apple and Google to develop a new app. And the Guardian leads on what it says is a “damning review” of Labour’s defeat at the last general election, which warns the party has a long road to recovery. Read our take on the morning papers here.




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Justin Gaethje mocks Conor McGregor’s retirement by saying he’s ‘on another bender’

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