COMMENT & ANALYSIS: On Monday afternoon Dublin City Council revealed artist’s impression images showing how the planned College Green plaza will look — the good news is that a cycle path is included.
However, when commenting online, some people said they couldn’t see the cycle route in the images. That’s understandable given the many shades of grey in the images, and how the cycle path is generally ill-defined.
In the image below is an overview of the layout of the plaza and the surrounding area — of note here is that a bit under half the fancy paving will include buses from Dame Street before they use the circular area to turn back to Dame Street (see the third image below).
Now, here is the same image, but this time we’ve added in highlighting for the two-way cycle route (red) and the main uncontrolled pedestrian crossing (blue):
Here’s an older image from before the plaza was design, showing the bus and tram flows:
The next image below is looking towards Dame Street: in it, you should be able to see people on bicycles — that mid-grey strip they are cycling on is the ill-defined cycle path:
Here it is with the same highlighting colours as before:
And here’s another view from above, followed by the same image with the cycle route highlighted again:
And a closeup taken from the same image (with our highlighting added in again): The concept here of having a bend in the cycle route where it crosses the main pedestrian flow is a solid concept (to slow bicycles) but the angle of the cycle route is way too tight:
Given these are imperfect artist’s impressions, we not going to dwell too much on the detail until the full drawings are released later this month.
But a few questions spring to mind about the cycle route:
- Will there be clear enough segregation between walking and cycling?
- How will cycling and buses interact around the turning circle area?
- Will the pedestrian crossing points work?
- Will the cycle route be of a high standard on Dame Street and Westmorland Street / College Gtreet?
- What about cycling to/from Grafton Street? (the non-pedestrianised bit, starting at the bottom of the last image)
- Church Lane will be retained as one way in its current direction, but why won’t it include contra-flow for cycling?
We’ll awate the detailed drawings before attempting to answer those questions.