Horse and dog lovers are in a tizzy over plans to allow dogs to ride on the main street of Dublin in a new ‘pigeon ride’.
The plan to make the city’s main thoroughfare a “pigeo-ride” by allowing dogs to jump onto a bike from the middle of the road has angered many who fear the move will open the city up to attack by large animals.
Dublin City Council said last week it was working on the design of the project, but said it had not received any objections from animal lovers.
“The intention of the city council is to ensure that the main thoroughfares of the City of Dublin are in line with the best environmental, social and cultural standards,” the council said in a statement.
It added that the aim of the ‘piggie-ride’ would be to give people an opportunity to see “the world and meet other people from different walks of life”.
Dubbed “the Pigeon Ride”, the scheme is being billed as the first in Ireland to allow pets to ride bikes on Dublin City Council’s main road.
But a number of pet owners have complained about the plan, which is expected to cost more than €10 million.
In recent years, the city of Dublin has been a major centre for dog racing.
The race was banned last year after a group of dog owners, including dog trainer Paul Walsh, sued the city.
A previous attempt to ban the racing failed in 2013, when it was found that the city had been breaching animal welfare laws by failing to regulate dog racing in Ireland.
This year, the Irish Dog Racing Commission (IDRC) was set up to oversee the sport, and has banned all racing in the country since 2011.
Earlier this month, a number topless women staged a protest outside the council offices, which led to a police crackdown.
Dogs are not allowed on the streets of Dublin, but many residents have expressed their displeasure with the new plan, and have posted comments on Facebook saying the plan was “offensive and irresponsible”.
One dog owner said: “I don’t like this idea at all.
It’s disgusting and disrespectful to people who love dogs.””
We’re not the dogs that are causing this.
We don’t want them in our parks, we don’t need them on our streets, we’re just happy to have them as pets.”
Dubliners have been using the term “piggies” for years to refer to the dogs, which have become an increasingly popular sport in recent years.