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'Luas bye-laws should be changed to let people bring their bikes on'

Senator Neale Richmond says that the plan is “very doable” and is done across Europe.

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A SENATOR HAS written to Luas operator Transdev asking that cyclists be allowed on the trams at off-peak hours.

Neale Richmond (FG) says that the plan is “very doable” and is done across Europe.

Richmond adds that the idea would be helpful to tourists in a time when Dublin is trying to market itself to active tourists.

“We also have precedence of this already in Dublin, as the Dart allows cyclists to bring their bicycles on-board during off-peak hours.

“While it may not be feasible to accommodate bicycles at peak service times, there should at least be scope to look at accommodating bicycles at off-peak times, particularly weekends.”

With the two Luas lines ending in the south of the county, Richmond says the popularity with recreational cyclists would be huge.

“South Dublin is the start of many of the mountain trails and routes that traverse the Dublin and Wicklow mountains; for many families these are inaccessible as they are unwilling to cycle the city routes out or haven’t the means to transport their bicycles.

“Amending the bye laws to allow bicycles to be brought on at the weekends could open up the mountains with easy start points along the LUAS line at stops such as Glencairn or Carrickmines.

“I am asking Transdev to examine the demand for bicycles on Luas services and to find a way to accommodate these customers just like their counterparts on the DART have managed to.”

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