Cycling ranks high in €32m funding for Greater Dublin Area transport projects

Cyclists in DublinFunding of €32.5 million for sustainable transport projects in the Greater Dublin Area includes a strong focus on cycling projects.

The 193 projects for the Greater Dublin Area are funded via the National Transport Authority (NTA) to seven councils in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. Funding for the Sustainable Transport scheme is allocated on the basis of applications submitted by the local authorities and assessed by the NTA.

“More than €30 million of the total funding is allocated to projects devoted to cycling or with a cycling component, like new parking facilities or cycle access routes, including €600,000 to extend the Dublin Bikes scheme,” the Department of Transport said in a statement last week.

The Department of Transport also told IrishCycle.com that further funding is being made available for cycling related projects directly by the department later this month for the national cycle network routes and other projects outside Dublin.

The funding announced last week is for 47 cycle routes, bicycle parking, bus lane projects, access to railway stations and Luas Cross City works. Full details are listed by council area in the PDF files below.

Cycling related projects include a ‘missing link’ of the S2S Dublin bay cycle route at Bull Island; Thomas Street/James’ Street bus lane upgrades; N11 improvements, bridge widening on North Strand Road to make way for a cycle route between Fairview and the city centre; the design of sections of the Royal and Grand canals cycleway in Dublin City; and a pedestrian and cycle bridge at Dodder Valley on a new Tallaght to Ballyboden route.

“Dublin and the surrounding counties have really taken to cycling. From the Government’s point of view it makes sense to invest in cycling because it’s effective, it’s healthy and it’s also extremely efficient,” said transport minister Leo Varadkar. “The single best way to tackle traffic congestion is to support people who get out of their cars and on to bikes, buses, or other alternatives. It also makes the city a nicer place to live, to work and to visit, whether as residents or tourists.”

Junior minister Alan Kelly said: “Cycling has taken off hugely in Dublin with a growth of over 40% in cycling numbers in Dublin City centre since 2009. We look forward to bringing more investment into the city’s infrastructure in the coming years.”

List of projects by council areas:

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