By Zoe Keane
Concerns have been raised over a new cycle track in Dundrum after an 85-year-old woman broke her shoulder and pelvis in a fall on Main Street last week.
Marie Nolan was on her way home from Mass when she fell and tripped over the new kerb that now separates the cycle track from the main road.
The council installed a one-way traffic system to broaden the cycle lane from Sandyford Road and widen the street so that local businesses could put out tables and chairs for their customers.
But Marie’s son told Dublin Gazette: “The changes are really positive, and the outdoor seating is great, but some refinement is needed for the protection of our elderly and less mobile.”
He said the kerb was too high for his mother to reach as she crossed from Holy Cross Church to the Credit Union and she fell breaking her pelvis and shoulder. Only her walking stick prevented her from breaking her hip as well.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said they “have carried out temporary mobility and public realm interventions in Dundrum Village in response to Covid-19 to provide additional space for physical distancing, safer walking and cycling facilities and to also reallocate space to support local businesses.
“Designated crossing points are located on Main Street and Sandyford Road for crossing the street in the village. The interventions are subject to ongoing review and evaluation and we will examine the safety issues raised and carry out modifications, where necessary.”