— Rathmines route has larger number of cyclists entering city centre but NTA plans to divert bicycles, not cars.
National Transport Authority officials look set to abandon key sections of the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan in favour of bus priority with car lanes maintained.
A key example is an outline plan for the removal of cycle routes off the Rathmines Road, an entry point into the city where peak bicycle traffic outnumbers cars.
The draft details published on the NTA’s website confirmed what many cycling advocates have suspected for some time — the authority has shifted its focused from cycling to bus priority with car access maintained. Apparently going against national, city and the authority’s own policy.
Ciaran Ferrie, a local bicycle advocates who is involved with I Bike Dublin, said on Twitter: “#BusConnects plan will involve removing cycle lanes from #Rathmines Road Lower and diverting them on a route which appears to go through Cathal Brugha Barracks and stops abruptly at one of the most dangerous intersections for people cycling – Kevin St/Bride St – Happy #Bikeweek!”
He questioned if the NTA had forgotten about national policy which states priority should be given to walking, cycling, public transport and then cars in that order.
He added: “Similar diversions are proposed for Harold’s Cross & Phibsboro – these are urban villages which are already suffering from the dominance of through traffic. I’d like to see what measures are being proposed to calm traffic at these points.”
With MetroLink planned for Ballymun and Luas to Finglas it is unclear at this point why the NTA are set on CPOing front gardens in Glasnevin to allow for more connected bus lanes on this routes and where they join in Phibsboro.
The suggested cycle route (dotted lines) in Harold’s Cross will take a zigzag routing off the main road: