We’re continuing to ask: What should Dublin’s quays look like? Following on from Arran Quay last week, this is Wolfe Tone Quay: first the current view from Google Street View and then images showing possible use of space:
The above image is close to the current layout of Wolfe Tone Quay — there’s a bus lane with a tiny cycle lane inside it, there’s two traffic lanes heading towards the city which quickly merge into one lane, and there’s an amazing 390m lane for turning right over the bridge ahead.
Above is our first reimagining of how the space could be used. In short: Footpath | bus lane | general motorised traffic lane | smaller green space for trees or bushes | two-way cycle track | grass | enlarged riverside walkway built around current tree alignment.
The bus lane would be for city-bound buses but the traffic lane would only allow traffic to turn left or right ahead. City-bound general traffic would use the south quays.
The current left-hand footpath would remain the same. The bus lane would be made smaller with the removal of the cycle lane. One traffic lane would remain but only for traffic heading into Blackhall Place (access to Smithfield, Stoneybatter, Grangegorman, Bolton Street etc), or traffic crossing the bridge to get to Thomas Street.
Next the shown smaller green space could be used for bushes or trees to act as a buffer between the cycle route and the motorised traffic. The cycle route would be two-way. The next bit of green would be grass making up a kind of linear park and the quay-side footpath would also be widened.
Above, with our second reimagining of the space, city-bound buses would use the south quays leaving just one motorised traffic lane for city-bound general traffic.
It’s the same as the above expect for the extra space from the removal of the bus lane is given over to extra green space.
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