GUEST POST: There appears to be differing views within the cycling fraternity in relation to the optimum configuration of the Clontarf to Amiens St. Cycleway so I am guest-posting here to elicit a range of comments on the issue – my thanks to Cian Ginty for facilitating.
If we are serious about making the Clontarf to Amiens St Cycleway work as a commuter route it is essential that we cater well for high-speed commuter cyclists heading in and out of the city; a big learning for me from recent S2S works is that commuter cyclists and pedestrians (and indeed leisure cyclists) do not mix well.
The attached schematic shows the predicted in-bound cyclist volumes (from 07:00 to 10:00 in the morning) as derived from the NTA’s 2021 Cycle demand model. Malahide Road and Howth Road account for well over 75% of the total in-bound. Assuming that cyclists will generally want to go back to where they came from (a reasonable assumption!) then over 75% of cyclists heading outbound will want to go back up either the Malahide Road or the Howth Road.
Is it then realistic to expect that most out-bound commuter cyclists will favour a route that brings them through the park? This will involve:
- Waiting for some sort of crossing phase at Annesley bridge to cross up to 6 lanes of a busy roadway
- Potential conflict with pedestrians on the way in to the park
- A relatively early exit back out through the park railings again with potential conflict with pedestrians
- Waiting for some sort of crossing phase at Malahide Rd/Howth Rd junctions to get back across to the other side of the road.
Will commuter cyclists do this? They cannot be forced to take this route so in my view they will just not bother, choosing instead to stay on the main road and take the most direct route to the Malahide/Howth Road junctions.
The scheme thus involves an outbound cycle-lane on the Fairview Village side to cater for this.
This concept is fundamental to the whole scheme and I would appreciate some views from the cycling community on it.
Cllr Naoise Ó Muirí – Fine Gael
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