— Route was to be continuously segregated
— New/revamped paths inside Fairview Park will mix walking and cycling
— Local objections to removal of footbridge
— Route is only planned city centre link to S2S Dublin Bay route
After long delays, a cycle route which was billed to be a high-quality continuously segregated route has been downgraded to include mainly painted cycle lanes with conflicts at bus stops, parking spaces and turns.
Dublin City Council has not responded to a number of requests from IrishCycle.com asking how and why the route went from segregated to mainly including cycle lanes. However, draft plans distributed by a local councillor, and published below out of public interest, shows how the route has been downgraded.
Independently of each other IrishCycle.com and cycling campaigners were told that the route would be segregated. There are some sections of segregated cycle paths but between these there are mainly unprotected cycle lanes on the busy streets and roads. Fairview mainly includes six lanes of traffic plus parking bays.
The route runs from Connolly Station at Amiens Street along North Strand Road, along Fairview Park, and into Clontarf. A few years ago it was ranked as the route which carried the most bicycles into the city centre, although last year it came second in that ranking as Rathmines took the first place.
This route is now also the only planned route between the city centre and the Sutton to Sandycove route along Dublin Bay, this was after millions of euro which was earmarked for a key link in that strategic cycle route were suspended due to objections from councillors in 2011.
The main local concern seems to stem from the removal of a footbridge across a six lane road, the plan is to replace this with at-grade crossings. A public meeting on the issue was held last night by local councillor Jane Horgan-Jones.
Within Fairview Park the council also plans to mix walking and cycling on upgraded paths in the path and on a new cycling route between the Annesley Bridge and the Alfie Byrne Road. This planned mixing of cycling and walking is despite local councillors and TDs expressing on-going concern over conflicts between walking and cycling.
More to follow.