Not so much a new cycle lane – more an obstacle course!
By Mary Dennehy
THE new cycle corridor running through Tallaght Village has been branded an obstacle course, as cyclists swerve pot-holes, traffic cones, loose gravel and public-lighting poles.
The ongoing works in Tallaght Village is part of a 3km stretch of cycle corridor between Tallaght and Templeogue, which started in Tallaght village last March and, one year later, construction crews have moved the short distance from Main Street to Main Road.
In the past The Echo has spoken with residents, businesses, motorists and pedestrians, who all voiced their frustration over the works, which they claim have impacted negatively on their lives.
This week, it’s the turn of the cyclists as they criticise the cycle corridor – which they claim is more of an obstacle course than a cycle track.
Heavy machinery, pot holes, traffic cones and loose gravel are just some of the obstacles cyclists have to watch out for – including the odd public-lighting pole.
When contacted by The Echo about the public lighting pole, the council said: “The pole is a public-lighting pole that will be removed as soon as the new public lighting infrastructure is connected, with the removal of the existing poles following successful commissioning and testing of the new infrastructure.
“The new infrastructure through this area of the works will be ready in mid-March, pending ESB connection.”
The council confirmed that works are expected to finish in July.