Photo of the day – DRD NI Cycling Strategy in a nutshell


Photo by Matt Johnston

A tree AND a signpost in the middle of a cycle lane. A bit of paint does not make a cycle lane.


  • chrisjones2

    Its a metaphor for Stormont

  • chrisjones2

    Nag on…that tree’s branches are too close together

  • Bryan Magee

    I can cycle past those obstacles easily.

  • cimota

    Don’t forget what’s on either side. On one, the cyclist is just an obstacle to be run over and on the other are a hostile pedestrian population.

    Compare with this photo from Eindhoven:

  • carl marks

    I sense a claim coming on, quick get me a lawyer.

  • Bryan Magee

    If you have any proficiency you would cycle to the right of both obstacles, taking care of pedestrians. A little ring on your bell could be used to alert a potentially wavering pedestrian.

  • cimota

    That’s the same attitude, Bryan, that blames the victim. Obviously if this cyclist had “any proficiency”, the story would be different.

    I find the idea that people without proficiency deserve death to be a little harsh.

    It just excuses poor investment, poor delivery and poor judgement.

  • Bryan Magee

    I do not believe that those without proficiency deserve death.

    One is – I hope – allowed to criticize poor cycling proficiency without such over-the-top allegations.

    I cycle to work every day – spend about 30 or 40 minutes per day on my cycle so I am generally sympathetic to cycling issues. I drive my car rarely.

    I just don’t think that photo is all that shocking to a cyclist.

  • cimota

    Acceptance of the status quo means the department will continue on this strategy; much like the useless cycle lane in Upper Arthur St.

    But sure, everything is fine.

  • babyface finlayson

    If there was a tree growing in the middle of the M1 I’m fairly sure I could drive round it. That doesn’t make it acceptable.
    Suppose you are cycling along that lane behind 2 other cyclists. You don’t see that signpost until they split to go round it. A lovely surprise.

  • Jag

    Ah Bryan, you probably pedal a high nelly that’s slower than the trees planted slap-bang in the middle of the cycle lane.

    I would be more concerned above at the sudden stop of the cycle lane above.

  • Bryan Magee

    Certainly on a shared pedestrian-cycle space one should not cycle fast. I don’t really like these cycle paths on the pavement – I am not sure I would use the one in the photo.

    And well yes I was more concerned about that sudden stop. What direction are the cyclists supposed to be going? The picture of the cycle suggests away from us, but that seems the wrong side of the road as you are facing on coming traffic.

    (This isn’t the M1, folks)

  • Jag

    To date in 2014, three pedal cyclists have tragically lost their lives which is proportionately down on the four that lost their lives in all of 2013, according to the PSNI.

    Meanwhile other road deaths have skyrocketed. There has been a 100% increase in deaths between 2012 and 2014. Northern Ireland was two years ago significantly better than the Republic for road traffic fatalities, now it’s worse. There should be a public inquiry to figure out what the hell is happening, it may be, in part, police cutbacks, but they’re just one stakeholder in road safety. It’s a scandal, and if these additional people were being killed by loyalists/Republicans, there’d be international attention.

  • chrisjones2

    Sorry but thats back in the 1950’s. Have you seen many our Belfast cyclists iphone buds in ears sunglasses on (in winter) and head down

  • Bryan Magee

    You actually should not have a head set while cycling as a matter of safety. You need to be very aware of who is all around. Courtesy, a ring of the bell to alert a pedestrian.

    I am actually very uncomfortable with those cyclists who cycle on the pavement, and those who go through reds.

    I am a cyclist, I cycle to work everyday, and to the supemarket too, so that’s about 30 or 40 minutes on my bike per day. But I see waaay too many bad cyclists out there, going too fast, who are discourteous users of the road.

  • Jag

    “Sunglasses on (in winter)”, the cheek of them! And speaking of cheeks, have you seen those leggings they wear which leave little to the imagination.Shacking.

    Actually Chris, if you were a regular cyclist, you’d know that wind blowing in your eyes and the odd fly/wasp/bee are real hazards, I don’t wear sunglasses in winter just to look Italian.

  • Dan

    ring a bell?
    I hope a certain Alliance local council candidate reads that.

  • Bryan Magee


  • Dan

    no names!

  • This is a good example of what has been a piecemeal approach to cycling by DRD… Stick up into the box here, paint a line there, etc.

    The minister is promising a cycling revelation…Here’s hoping. I would love to see Belfast build lanes that resemble those in the Netherlands or in Denmark. Our high governmental commitment to ‘citizen cycling’ – non-Lycra, non-Hi Viz, non-helmet (shock), everyday cycling for utility and leisure – is what’s needed.

  • weidm7

    It’s also on the footpath and going against traffic. Ideally bikes would have seperate lanes seperated by kerbs from both the road and the footpath, but in the absence of such, they should be on the road, not the footpath. It’s dangerous and at best creates awkwardness because pedestrians inevitably walk on the cycle path, often suddenly stepping into it, forcing the cyclist to slow down, defeating the advantage of cycling in the first place.

  • peadar

    Kill all trees