Liffey Cycle Route: Over 1,200 submissions received

Over 1,200 members of the public or groups made submissions on options for a protected Liffey Cycle Route along Dublin City’s quays.

The submissions are to be compiled and presented to the Dublin City Council traffic and transport committee in September.

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“Dublin City Council received over 1,200 submissions for its recent non-statutory public consultation on the proposed Liffey Cycle Corridor options. The council is currently analysing these submissions and intends to submit a Report on the Consultation to its Transportation Strategic Policy Committee meeting in September,” said Paul Heffernan, a spokesman for Dublin City Council.

The public were able to vote on three variants of protected and continuous two-way cycle paths on the riverside of the north quays; one option of narrower, partly protected and less-continuous cycle paths on the building side on both north and south quays; and an option of none of the above.

Heffernan added: “This report will be followed by the development of a preferred option. The preferred option will then be developed into a design that will be subject to a public consultation process.”

The Liffey Cycle Route has already been years in planning. It was kickstarted after it was included in the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017, which was adopted in December 2010 and is now in the process of being replaced.

The Development Plan is the key planning policy for the city, it states: “It is an objective of Dublin City Council: …To achieve the following critical linkages within the lifetime of the development plan… To provide a continuous cycleway connecting the Phoenix Park and Heuston Station to the proposed S2S route along the city’s quays in consultation with the Office of Public Works”

The plan also made cycling for all ages a goal for the city: “The vision for cycling is to make Dublin a city where people of all ages and abilities have the confidence, incentive and facilities to cycle so that by 2017, 25-30% of all new commutes within the city will be by bike.”

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