Dodder Greenway from Donnybrook to Ballsbridge planned as part of flood works

Dublin City Council are planning to build a short section of shared use path around 4 metres wide as part of flood prevention works along the River Dodder.

The planned section will only be 450 metres long. But the new section and existing river-side path in Herbert Park will create a near 1km river-side walking and cycling route between Donnybrook and Ballsbridge.

The planned section will be a shared pedestrian and cycling path around 4 metres wide. The path will run between the Donnybrook Stadium Grounds and the River Dodder.

A small section — where the private boundary is close to the river — will include putting the path on a concrete cantilever with a stone-cladded wall.

The Dodder Greenway will eventually be a continuous route linking Sir John Rogerson’s Quay through Grand Canal Dock, Ringsend, Lansdowne, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Clonskeagh, Milltown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght and into the Dublin Mountains.

Submissions or observations can be made in writing, to the Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, before 4.30pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 or by using the online forum at — the detail files can also be viewed at the same link.

Photomontage of the section can be seen above and below. Here’s the section which will use a cantilever over an sloped embankment and a small section of the river:

And the section near the Donnybrook Road entrance to the path:

And here’s some sample cross section drawings:


  1. In Netherlands, a 2 way cycle route is 4m wide, need more space for people walking, to meet best practice

  2. a bicycle superhighway in my mind is just what it should not be…..there should be space for a casual stroll, dog walking, sitting on the rocks by the waterfall. I think the stretch between Donnybrook and Clonskea should be tidied up and left as is. Bicycles and people and dogs already share this route without the ‘superhighway’ element which would make such sharing impossible.

  3. @Glenda The term “a bicycle superhighway” is a poor one, so, let’s move on from that…

    This will be a fully connected route between the Docklands and Tallaght and beyond… can you give any examples of such an urban route where high volumes of people on bicycles and on foot share well, without having segregated paths?

    They mostly don’t need to share — there space along one side of the other of the river on 99% of the route to have separated paths for walking and cycling. The councils just need to be willing to build it right.

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