A residents’ association representing households in the north west of Drumcondra are objecting a trial of bollards aimed at stopping rat-running, and are opposing proposals for a cycle route via residential streets and a park.
The Griffith Avenue and District Residents Association said it was “not anti-cycling” but its AGM noted that it objects to a plan for a walking and cycling route between Dublin City University’s main and satellite campuses.
IrishCycle.com understands that the residents were consulted at an early stage in the process and there is no firm plan for the route between the main campus off the Ballymun Road and the satellite campuses in Drumcondra. However, this early consultation has not avoided any of the concerns and objections which are common for such projects in Ireland and the UK.
The minutes of group’s annual meeting said: “The Chair emphasised that GADRA was not anti-cycling, and that concerns or objections raised were not to be interpreted as such.”
The group said: “The Chair detailed DCU plans to create a connectivity route between the Glasnevin Campus and Drumcondra Campuses. He confirmed that GADRA had objected to the plans for a number of reasons”.
The reasons included “concerns” over the cycle route traveling Albert College Park, which it said “was a peaceful, public facility, widely used by the community”. It added that the route proposal was including a section to the rear of some home which raised security concerns, that a potential Metro North station is “not accounted for”, and used roads” which were too narrow to accommodate cycle traffic”.
The minutes noted: “Concerns on the part of Bantry Road residents regarding the lack of suitability of the road to additional cycle traffic, noting that it was already difficult to exit driveways onto the road, without the additional cycle and potentially pedestrian traffic. GADRA’s Chair noted that this was the case for all of the Island roads. The audience member was noted that it seemed that the welfare of the students was being put ahead of the welfare of residents.”
It added: “Another [AGM] audience member noted that the DCU connectivity study routes seemed to be a case of simply drawing lines on maps, with one section of the recommended route being via Church Avenue, which was barely wide enough for him to walk with his dog!”
Bollards and rat-running
The Griffith Avenue and District Residents Association last week presented a petition against the anti-rat-running bollards installed between Millmount Ave and Ferguson Road / Walsh Road in Drumcondra. The group are supported by Fianna Fáil councillors Cllr Deirdre Heany and Cllr Paul McAuliffe, Cllr Gary Gannon (Social Democrats), and former councillor Mary Fitzpatrick.
Traffic surveys conditioned by consultants for Dublin City Council found high levels of rat-running motorised traffic.
The bollards — which address a long-term issue with rat running on the streets involved — are in place as part of a nine month trial due to last until end of February.
As this website has previously covered in detail, residents across Drumcondra are split on the issue of the bollards. The Griffith Avenue and District Residents Association represents a geographical area similar to where much of the rat-running traffic originated from, while local residents close to the bollards — who have contacted this website — claim that there is localised support for the trial to contuine.
Residents who both agree and disagree with the bollards seem to agree that there there is now a higher volume of traffic on larger roads in the area such as Home Farm Road and Griffith Ave — with disagreement centring on if this is a positive outcome or not.
The Griffith Avenue and District Residents Association AGM minutes includes a claim that there has been a “significant impact of the road closure on access to shared facilities such as the library”. However, there’s no clarity how Drumcondra Library or how access to it is affected — motorised access remains on Millmount Ave and, for those parking on the other side of the bollards. the library is only about a 50 metre walk.
The minutes also stated that the owner of Derwin’s Londis, a shop and off-licence on Millmount Ave, claimed that unless the road was reopened to through motorised traffic that his shop would go out of business.
Residents with a view on the issue can still give feedback to Dublin City Council by emailing email@example.com, and details of the trial can be found at http://www.dublincity.ie/drumcondratraffic.
— Tommy S (@tommysheri) November 23, 2017