— Route part of Dublin to Galway Greenway
A planned 8.4km section of the Royal Canal Greenway which links Maynooth, the Intel Ireland campus, Leixlip and the Co Dublin border has strong commuting potential, but proposals for the route do not follow best practice on access, only includes lighting in urban areas, and uses an loose grit surface.
Best practice for access arrangements is to only provide bollards where needed and to only to install more restrictive barriers when problems arise. The planned access arrangements only allows one user to pass at the one time — an arrangement rarely used in Ireland for cars. It will result in users of bicycles trailers, cargo bicycles, and cargo trikes to come to a full stop to navigate.
Bollards alone are planned for the Dublin City Council section of the greenway and, where there is a need to stop cars from entering cycleways, bollards are best practice in cycling-friendly countries.
A part 8 report for the Royal Canal Greenway project, published last month on Kildare County Council’s website, does not include given reasons why a grit surface is used on sections of the route.
The greenway pathway is planned to be generally 3 metres wide, reduced to 2.5 metres in some locations. Less than 700 metres of public lighting will be provided.
As the part 8 public consultation process comments can be made on or before 12.00 noon Wednesday, 17 February 2016 under the heading ‘Royal Canal Greenway Maynooth to Dublin County Boundary’ and sent to A/Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transport and Public Safety (Level 4), Head Office, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare. No email address was given.
IMAGE: Access arrangement set at “default” (also has a more restrictive setting):
Images: From Kildare County Council part 8 planning files.
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