Dublin City Council has provided IrishCycle.com with the most up-to-date drawing of the Kilmainham Civic Space scheme which is partly under construction. The provision for cycling is lacking. But rather changing this in 10 or 20 years time, if there is a true will do improve things for cycling, the design should be changed now to make cycling safer and more attractive to people of all ages and abilities.
The drawing in full can be viewed in this PDF (Kilmainham Layout, 2mb), and here is the main detail in three sections and an outline of the issues:
Above is the junction between the Inchicore Road and the South Circular Road. The existing two-way cycle lane is to be removed — rather than upgrading it and protecting it, and moving it if needed.
Make no mistake about it: This project, if it goes ahead with the current design, will lead to almost zero space for cycling. It will mix cycling with walking; mix cycling with cars, buses and coaches; and mix contra-flow cycling and car parking bays and ad-hoc loading and drop offs.
People cycling westbound will be put on the carriageway with no cycle lane and left to mix with buses and the heavy traffic in the area. Cycling eastbound on a widened cycle lane will continue to be exposed — legally it could be worse as the old solid lined cycle lane will now be a broken lined hatching. Parking/loading on the cycle lane here has been a long-term issue, the new contra-flow cycle lane is likely to suffer more as car parking spaces are to be removed as part of the project.
Along paved area of the Kilmainham Civic Space, there will be no westbound cycle lanes on the Inchicore Road. The cycle lanes on the South Circular Road will all be advisory, a type of cycle lane which cars allowed to drive in and use for loading. And there will be only about a total of 4 meters of protected space for cycling — the cycle path turn from the new shared footpath outside the Hilton Hotel to the South Circular Road northbound, the end of which is likely to be often blocked.
Above, we see the eastbound contra-flow cycle lane with parking spaces retained on its inside, no solid protection from with flow-traffic on this busy through route.
Westbound bicycles will be mixed in the general traffic lane, which means motorists stuck behind will be tempted to use the contra-flow cycle lane to overtake people cycling in front of them (when the contra-flow lane isn’t blocked by cars, vans and coaches parked or loading).
This is the west end of the scheme — we understand that consultants are progressing a solution to update the two-way cycle lane (pictured in red above) from here westwards. But why was this not done as part of or alongside the Kilmainham Civic Space? Then the whole road could have had a chance of having a quality, protected cycle route which would be attractive for all — which the Dublin City development plan promises but is not being delivered according to these plans .
Even working around the trees and without removing them, there are a number of high-quality solutions possible, including:
- A protected two-way cycle path on the Kilmainham Gaol side, between the footpath and an island for bus / coach stops
- A protected two-way cycle path on the Hilton Hotel side, south of the trees — parking could be removed or partly removed with the cycle path going behind the parking at limited locations
- A protected two-way cycle path on the Hilton Hotel side, south of the trees — this would take away space from the current footpath space at that location but with no contra-flow cycle lane and buffer, that space in turn could be transferred to the footpath on one side of the other of the roadway.
Drawings: Dublin City Council
Location: Inchicore Road, Dublin
Local body/authority: Dublin City Council
Street View: Pre-construction works (which has closed now closed the contra-flow cycle lane)
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