All week, I've been noticing signs around the city, announcing that Dublin now has the safest roads when compared with all other EU capital cities. When I was waiting for a bus earlier today, there was a banner running at the bottom of the "Real Time Information" board saying this. I noticed that one of the traffic boards that usually tells you how many car park spaces are available in city centre carparks, was also announcing it yesterday.
Here's an example of the sign:
Do you have the impression Dublin has the safest roads? What further improvements do you think they could make to improve the roads in the city and generally in other towns and cities around the country?
One thing I'd like to see are boards at the side of the road telling you what lane of traffic to be in depending on whether you want to go left, right or left. It would be a lot safer.Oftentimes, this is just indicated on the road itself which is covered in vehicles, so someone unfamiliar with the area will end up in the wrong lane. It is currently a system designed for "insiders" who know their way around and how traffic lanes are ordered and it should be made more transparent to prevent accidents and traffic chaos caused by people unfamiliar with an area.
More signposting generally in the city would be good.
Another thing I'd like to see would be more bicycle lanes. Bicycle lanes should not suddenly diseappear where the road narrows. Roads need to be widened. There are some areas of the city where there is a lane of traffic or two lanes of traffic plus a bicycle lane, but the lanes for the cars are so narrow that drivers are driving in the cycle lane. This is very dangerous. Traffic lights should also be improved for cyclists so that cyclists can cross alongside cyclists. Contra flow cycle lanes on one way streets should also be provided.