Joanne Byrne, Director of Presence PR, describes her commute as a mini D4/D2 tour. If the wind is with her she can do door to door in 7 minutes. However, this seldom happens as there are distractions along the way.
On the way to the office the first traffic hotspot the PR lady comes across is the junction on Anglesea Road, next to Donnybrook Church. Here, she has the right of way, but the yield sign must be written in Swahili as motorists never stop. As she continues on the cycle lane through Donnybrook she prioritises emails and phone calls, oblivious to the bus lines 10, 46A, 46B, and 48 riding past her.
Joanne is, however, not oblivious to the Havana shop window, where she slows down to admire the new John Rocha collection. She’s happy to suffer scowls and the odd shout of cyclists behind her, who are eager to press on with their own commute. She is barely back at regular cruising speed, when she stops at Roy Fox’s to buy fresh fruit for the office. The cyclists behind her ride past.
Soon, she is back on her bike and it’s straight to the office, this time. She doesn’t linger on Leeson Street Bridge over the Grand Canal nor does she pause to peer into the tranquil, privately owned Fitzwilliam Square – even though she has a key and would love to start her day with a quiet walk in its gardens.
As the day wears on, she runs down the stairs of her first floor office several times, pulls her bike out of the hallway and cycles to a meeting. On her bike, it’s 15 minutes to get anywhere in the city centre. To her clients, Joanne explains the bike saves them travel expenses. To her friends, she confesses the sensation of speed and wind through her hair are the true benefit.
When the day’s work is done, Joanne cycles a different route home: Baggot Street, over the bridge, downhill on Pembroke Road, Raglan Road, and Clyde Road. Often the smell of freshly baked bread from Roly’s Bistro is too tempting to resist, before she hits the last homeward stretch ending at the RDS. There, at one of her favourite Dublin spots, Joanne makes her final turn and then she is home.