Ahead of the first College Green 'Summer Sunday' today, there was great anticipation and curiosity as to how it would turn out.
It's not often we get to see one of the Dublin's major traffic hubs completely free of buses, cars and taxis and the outcome of the trial could determine how our city operates for many years to come.
However, it appears some people are a bit surprised at the number of barriers in the area as well as security personnel and a sign which reads 'ground rules.'
Green Party Councillor Neasa Hourigan posted some pictured of College Green earlier along with the words 'I'm delighted to see the pedestrianisation trial of College Green go ahead but security guards, thousands of metal barriers, pedestrians being refused access to the space and no cycle parking is not what I had in mind.'
I'm delighted to see the pedestrianisation trial of College Green go ahead but security guards, thousands of metal barriers, pedestrians being refused access to the space and no cycle parking is not what I had in mind #StreetsAreForPeople pic.twitter.com/zbmPDPWBlJ
— Cllr. Neasa Hourigan (@neasa_neasa) July 21, 2019
Others who were in the area appear to have been left just as confused...
This is fucking ridiculous. This road is easier to cross with traffic than it is now. pic.twitter.com/UaAOxDbnO0
— Conor Smith (@conorsmith) July 21, 2019
Pedestrian version of College Green is a great experiment which should be done every Sunday, not just today and the next two!
I was, however, disappointed that so much was off limits to pedestrians as well as to traffic.
So many fences were not pedestrian friendly:-( pic.twitter.com/lpEeQoJPG6
— Card Colm Mulcahy (@CardColm) July 21, 2019
However, it appears that Dublin City Council removed some of the barriers later on...
Most of the barriers are gone. Thanks for listening @DubCityCouncil! The remaining barricaded areas are either not proposed for pedestrianisation, or they are event area that needs to have a perimeter for insurance. #StreetsAreForPeople pic.twitter.com/FPUKE3xzJO
— Stephen Hanley (@StephenHanley9) July 21, 2019
After today, the College Green trial will take place over the next two Sundays.