Priority is one of the main issues with current cycling infrastructure — where people in Ireland are often expected to yield to minor side streets and even private property, this should be reversed and extra priority needs to be given to walking and cycling. 

As covered in the Space section, cycling and walking should have their own space at junctions and not be mixed on shared paths or areas.

Urban side roads
Cycling and walking should nearly always have priority at side roads in urban, suburban and village areas where the speed limit is at or below 60km/h. Priority will be made clear by design, and by law, if needed.

Continuous footpaths and cycle tracks
Continuous footpaths and cycle tracks should be used across entranceway (including to driveways, filling stations, businesses etc) and minor roads/streets – not to be confused with speed table/ entry treatments which are similar to but not the same as continuous footpaths.

Side roads on higher speed roads
In areas with speed limits above 60km/h, cycling and walking should still have priority over lightly used side roads, private entrances, and farm or field entrances.

Dutch junction design
Dutch junction design — with segregated cycle paths on junctions — should be used. If needed, any law changes must be made, but modern best practice in the Netherlands is to avoid conflicting traffic light signals (ie avoid having motorists turn on green across a cycling-only crossing with a green light).

Modern Dutch-design walking and cycling priority roundabouts or grade-segregated roundabouts should be the only type of roundabouts used in urban and suburban areas where people have to cross. Cycling and walking must have priority on roundabouts in urban and suburban areas, this should be possible with our current laws but if needed any law changes must be made as soon as possible.

Simultaneous green
A simultaneous green bicycle phase should be an option for designs, if needed any law changes must be made.

Published by Cian Ginty

Cian is a freelance journalist and editor of - continuously writing about poor cycling routes for years has led to, in the campaigning journalism tradition and the hope that things can be changed.

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