— Council claims route to “aspire to be on a par with the best in Europe” despite Danish experts highlighting flawed approach
Designs for the Dodder Greenway between the Docklands and Miltown are expected to be ready by August 2015.
In a memo to Dublin City councillors, the transport section of the council said that a tender is soon to be issued to hire an engineering consultant firm to design the section which covers the Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown areas of the route. Another design team is to work on the South Dublin County Council section of the route.
Christopher Manzira, a senior executive engineer at Dublin City Council wrote in the memo: “The Environment and Transportation Department of Dublin City Council will be inviting tenders for the engineering design of the Dodder Greenway within the Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown administrative areas. It is anticipated that the Invitation to Tender will be sent out on 18th December 2014. This will facilitate commencement of the design process by end February 2015.”
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He said: “The schedule of activities will require the engineering consultant to start the statutory planning process within six months of appointment. It is anticipated therefore that plans for the scheme will be available from August 2015.”
Manzira said that the route should “aspire to be on a par with the best in Europe and should include ancillary features for tourists and amenity users”, however Danish consultants hired by the National Transport Authority disagree with the current planned approach of largely mixing walking and cycling on the route.
In September, we reported how the head of the Copenhagenize Design Company said that the route should be a “bicycle superhighway”, with footpath and cycle path segregated for each other.
“Our recommendation was clear,” said Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company, “Make it a bicycle superhighway for commuters… We do not advocate shared use paths except in recreational areas, and even then clearly separated by markings.”
Those comments were made to IrishCycle.com after the Dodder Feasibility Study Report was released as part of the environmental and ecological assessment tender.
The council memo this week said that the overall project requires a single environmental and ecological assessment and that the consultant firm has been appointed to carry out an assessment on behalf of the three local authorities — Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, and South Dublin. Two engineering consultancy teams are to be appointed to carry out the design of the schemes, including the statutory planning process.