COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Dublin City Council yesterday released draft detailed drawings showing the four options for a Liffey Cycle Route, our view is that option three is the most balanced. But it needs some notable reworking without shared use.
We recently detailed 12 reasons why the Liffey Cycle Route should be supported — if you have not read and are still unsure why the quays route is needed, read that article first.
Option three isn’t perfect, but it’s the most balanced of the four options currently on the table.
Option one, which includes boardwalks, which mix people walking and cycling at key junction points and has very narrow sections of two-way path which would be overloaded on day one of opening. Option two is most of option three, but with less bus priority as buses would have to take an extra sharp turn. Option four is only just about a step up from the current layout, it does not help with current left turn conflicts, and it’s in ways worse because of some restricted widths on segregated sections which have little to no scope to be made wider.
On to option three: It needs work. This includes:
The layout for cycling around the Frank Sherwin Bridge needs to allow people on bicycles to cycle — without using the Luas tracks or shared footpaths — to Heuston Station, Heuston South Quarter, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the HSE HQ etc. Both cycle lanes in the plans for the bridge are currently northbound:
Similar issues arise on Parkgate Street at the entrance to the Phoenix Park: How do you get to the eastbound cycle lane in the park (which we’ve crudely marked with an blue X) and the two-way cycle path on the south of Parkgate Street (marked with a red X):
There’s also shared use (areas shaded in blue) in locations which have more than enough space for segregation:
More to follow.