DCC Beta cycling suggestion #1: Filtered permeability

Dublin City Council’s City Architects Division are looking for ‘beta projects‘ for their ‘beta area‘, which is a test area for changes to the city’s landscape. Here’s our first suggestion….

Try some cycling friendly “filtered permeability” at Ormond Square. It’s easy enough to do as the square is mostly already closed off to through traffic. It should be trailed at least on the west side as well as the south or north sides of the square (or both of them). A trial should at most only require a bit of tarmac and some signs and paint.

This image shows an example of filtered permeability (photo thanks to the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain) :

And here’s the west side of Ormond Square from Street View:

Bonus points for also trying it at Stirrup Lane, although there’s far more limited benefit there. Image also from Street View:

 

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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