Are Unicorns Street Legal?
On a legal point - One does not remember “Rainbow Crossings” in the rules of the road, so I wonder, is this even a valid pedestrian crossing legally speaking?
I wonder has anyone asked DDC roads for comment?
Early reporting on the aspirations of the children of pride:
It recommends that the next government should allow people who do not consider themselves either male or female to be permitted to mark X on their passports.
This would mean Irish passports would have three gender categories - male, female and X.
The policy paper also calls for changes to the Road Traffic Act to allow for the introduction of rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossings.
…The report says Dublin City Council officials have welcomed the idea of commemorating the passing of the Marriage Equality Act with a rainbow crossing - but are prohibited from doing so by legislation.
When did the legislation get changed and does such a change require Minister Ryan intervention?
1964 Road Traffic Act
" zebra crossing " means a portion of a roadway on which roadway markings authorised by Article 9 of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962 ( S.I. No. 171 of 1962 ), have been provided, and at which beacons authorised by that Article have been provided.
S.I. No. 294/1964 - Road Traffic General Bye-Laws, 1964.
S.I. No. 171/1962 - Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962.
9 Pedestrian Crossings Signs. 9. —(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this article, the traffic sign to indicate a pedestrian crossing shall consist of roadway markings formed by two parallel continuous white lines each approximately six inches wide and not less than six feet nor more than twenty feet apart, extending, where there is no traffic refuge at the crossing, across the full width of the road and, where there is a traffic refuge at the crossing, from the edge of each side of the roadway to the nearer limit of the traffic refuge.
S.I. No. 171/1962 - Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962.
10. The roadway markings to indicate a pedestrian crossing shall be as set out in Article 9 of these Regulations.
11 Stop-lines. 11. —(1) A stop-line may be used to indicate the point beyond which traffic shall not proceed when halting in compliance with a road regulation.
(2) A stop-line shall consist of a continuous white line, not less than eight inches and not more than ten inches wide, extending in the case of a one-way roadway, across the full width of the roadway and, in any other case, across the roadway from the left edge to the centre thereof.
12 Other Roadway Markings. 12. The following roadway markings having the following significance may be used :—
( a ) a continuous white line, approximately four inches wide, and extending not less than sixty feet along the centre of the roadway—to indicate that traffic must keep to the left of such line;
( b ) a broken white line, extending along the centre of the roadway, and consisting of segments approximately four inches wide, three feet long and fifteen feet apart—to indicate that traffic must keep to the left of such line unless circumstances indicate that it can be crossed without danger to other traffic or pedestrians;
( c ) a broken white line, consisting of segments approximately four inches wide, three feet long and three feet apart (or fifteen feet apart on a dual carriageway)—to indicate the boundary of a traffic lane;
( d ) white arrows, placed in traffic lanes at an approach to a road junction, to indicate to traffic the direction to be taken by traffic using such lanes, as follows :—
(i) in the case of arrows pointing straight ahead, that traffic using the lane in which such arrows are placed shall proceed straight through the junction,
(ii) in the case of arrows pointing or curved to the left, that traffic using the lane in which such arrows are placed shall turn left at the junction,
(iii) in the case of arrows pointing or curved to the right, that traffic using the lane in which such arrows are placed shall turn right at the junction;
( e ) a white line terminating in an arrowhead and with an additional arrowhead branching from it to the left or to the right placed in a traffic lane at an approach to a road junction to indicate to traffic the direction to be taken by traffic using such lane, as follows :—
( i ) where the additional arrow branches to the left, that the traffic using the lane in which the marking is placed shall either proceed straight through the junction or shall turn left at the junction,
( ii ) where the additional arrow branches to the right, that the traffic using the lane in which the marking is placed shall either proceed straight through the junction or shall turn right at the junction;
( f ) a broken yellow line, extending along the edge of the roadway and consisting of segments approximately four inches wide, three feet long and three feet apart—to indicate at a road junction the line of the edge of the roadway of an important road.
Nor does there appear to be anything on the matter of Rainbow Crossings for the children of pride on quick and basic search of the following: https://www.dmurs.ie/copy-of-what-is-dmurs
It would be terrible turn of events if there was an avalanche of claims because drivers or horses didn’t stop and someone got injured, kilt even because they did not update the Road Traffic Act but went the feck ahead and did it anyways loike cause it’s love ya know.
Why is this so hard to find?
Usually a change and vote on the changes to the Road Traffic Act outdo be super signalled in the very fabulously captured media, but sill searching but maybe someone else will find the SI or whatever legislation created that enable this coloured pedestrian crossing to be street legal.
Here is what happened in Finland, last week.
While trying to find the latest update to the Irish Road Traffic Act, this news story appeared. So there is at least precedent.
According to YLE , On Tuesday (8 June), a rainbow road crossing was unveiled, in a project led by Turku City Theatre to mark Pride Month.
At the time, the city of Turku’s communications director Saara Malila said in a statement: “Flying the rainbow flag on certain days acts as an instantaneous communication channel.
“The rainbow colours painted on the street reminds us that the city is equal and open to everyone every day.”
But just one day later, the Finland’s National Police Board decided that the crossing was, in fact, illegal and ordered it to be removed.
Police said the rainbow Pride crossing violated the country’s Road Traffic Act, insisting that the colours would make the crossing unsafe.