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Irish Cycle Facility of the Week

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Stephen Bourke highlights the high quality of the cycle route from Blanchardstown and Dublin City: “This is the current state of the signposted cycle route from Blanch to the City Centre” — it’s a crossing of a local access road that never was… clearly a work of art, a monument to the property boom:

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Images: Stephen Bourke
Location: Flyover on Navan Road, Dublin
Local body/authority: Fingal County Council
Street View: Little bit less of a mess

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  1. I like that there is an on-road cycle facility all the way from Navan Road at Old Cabra Road until the Ashtown roundabout. Then it is off-road until 12th Lock (a bit narrow around Phoenix Park Racecourse development but still quite good). The gates in the second picture are probably a result of vandalism rather than by design.

    • Yes, it’s vandalism, cars knocking into it or them trust falling over after years. This Facility of the Week covers poor maintenance as well as poor design.

  2. Thank you Stephen for the update. Its Vandalism to put a hill on another wise flat route, for pedestrians and cyclists, making their way to Dublin. Its a terrible piece of urban infrastructure. Even cars merging onto N3 from flyover have to avoid speeding taxis due to non enforcement of bus lane protocols. Neglect seems to describe it best. I generally use the Royal canal route as I am accessing north edge of city and don’t mind the extra km or two, but the assault course of Kissing gates is a pain in the ass. Many of them should be eliminated by now with the new bridge on the Ratoath road.but neglect reins supreme.


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