Nearly 4 of 5 people who responded to a Dublin Chamber of Commerce poll on Twitter said that they think it would be a good idea for traffic to be removed from the quays for the Liffey Cycle Route.The “snapshot poll” asked the question about “cars removed from north Quays altogether”, while Dublin City Council’s actual proposal is to divert through traffic off around just 450 metres of the quays between Blackhall Place and Church Street for the cycle route and bus priority.
A separate bus gate measure linked to Luas Cross City is also planned after O’Connell Bridge, affecting through traffic for around 270 metres. The quays are around 4.4km long and motoring access is to be maintained to other sections.
The Dublin Chamber tweet said: “Dublin City Council’s new proposals for a cycle lane along the Quays will see private cars removed from north Quays altogether. Your view?” Of those who responded, 73% indicated it would be a good idea, while only 27% said it would be a bad idea.
The poll results were deleted off Twitter for some time by Dublin Chamber, but after complaints, it was reposted with a Tweet which said: “Big response to our poll re proposed changes to Dublin’s north Quays. Thanks to all who replied. Here’s the final results…” (see image, right).
Dublin Chamber of Commerce account administrators, however, don’t seem to be persuaded by their own poll. While the poll was still open, they replied to feedback by tweeting: “Measures like this, without increased investment in public transport alternatives, simply won’t work.”
This prompted journalist Stephen Bourke to ask on Twitter: “The €368m Luas Cross City doesn’t count as public transport investment?” As well as Luas, direct trains are also due to operate from the Kildare line to the southeast business district for the first time and a bus rapid transport route between Blanchardstown and UCD is being planned.