A planned cycle route from the city centre to Clontarf is due to be put to public consultation this month, Dublin City Council confirmed to IrishCycle.com last week.
The previously released design in July 2015 included dropping a planned protected cycle path concept in favor of painted cycle lanes and the council told us last year that the level of “segregation proposed will be suitable for the traffic environment along the route“. It is unclear what level of segregation will be suggested by the council later this month.
The route is a key cycle route because at Fairview it takes in three commuter routes — the Malahide Road, Howth Road and the Clontarf Road, where it links to the northern section of the S2S Dublin Bay route. When the route was first planned it was the busiest route in terms of numbers of cyclists crossing into the city centre at morning rush hour (although the Rathmines route has surpassed it in recent years).
The Clontarf route includes Amiens Street, North Strand Road, Fairview, and Clontarf. At its northern end, at the start of the Clontarf seafront, it will link with the S2S North route along Dublin Bay.
Meanwhile, at North Strand Road, where the route crosses over the Royal Canal at Newcomen Bridge, it will link to the Royal Canal Greenway. The Royal Canal route forms part of the cross-country Dublin to Galway Greenway.
A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said: “The Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route is nearing the end of the preliminary design phase and will be submitted for Part 8 planning application in June. The scheme will also be presented for public consultation in June over a six week period. Additional elements of engineering design and review have been undertaken by DCC’s design consultant during this preliminary design phase resulting in a slight delay with the application for planning permission.”
In advance of the cycle route, a new pedestrian bridge is soon to be constructed to the east side of Newcomen Bridge on North Strand Road — this will allow for space for cycle paths on the existing bridge.
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