— Space for new parking bays but no space for cycling
— Continues trend of councils avoiding slip turn removal
National guidance was used by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to justify a lack of space for cycling on a redesigned road, but the council has again ignored guidance on the removal of slip turns which are a danger and inconvenience for walking and cycling .
The council said the road narrowing was in line with practice outlined in the Design manual for Urban Roads and Streets, but the same manual states that designs of roads schemes should “Omit left turn slips, which generally provide little extra effective vehicular capacity but are highly disruptive for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The manual also states that the slip turns “allow vehicles to take corners at higher speeds, exposing pedestrians and cyclists to greater danger.”
Members of the public took to Twitter to complain about the lack of space for cycling:
— maurice (@modeas) October 18, 2016
In reply to a tweet from a member of the public the council said there was not enough space for cycle tracks and pointed to the consultation page for the project.
Under the title of “Bird Avenue Road Safety Improvement Scheme“, the description said: “Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Traffic Section, proposes to undertake traffic calming measures along Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, due to the straight geometry of the roadway. Local residents experience constant speeding by through traffic through this residential area, which also has the local parish Church accessing onto the roadway and is close to leisure facilities and the UCD campus.”
— maurice (@modeas) October 20, 2016
The project description added: “The proposal is to narrow the road width of Bird Avenue from it’s existing width of 6.8/7.90 metres to 6 metres, (3 metres in each direction). This is in line with recommendations in the Design manual for Urban Roads and Streets, issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, section 4.4.1 which states that ‘research from the UK has found that narrow carriageways are one of the most effective design measures that calm traffic.’”