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First look at the Liffey Cycle Route design

A drawing of the full Liffey Cycle Route was released to Dublin City Council transport committee members in the last two days ahead of the committee’s public meeting next week.

The release of the drawing for the Part 8 planning amounts to one of the largest steps of progress for the project.

The drawing — mostly show below cropped below into a number of images — includes detail of the route between the Phoenix Park and the Point Village. 

Below is cropped sections of the full drawing of the full route — focused mainly on the route along the river. Some detail away from the Liffey is not included below but seems to be part of the Part 8 process, we will covered in another article.

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  1. Thanks for this.
    Given the number of traffic light controlled junctions, do you know if there’s a planned ‘green wave’ to ensure a smooth flow?

  2. I don’t know but many of the junctions have no conflicting turns — ie the lane next to the cycle lane is for strange ahead only and the cycle route should have a green light at the same time as buses or cars in that lane.

  3. This looks like something people will use. It also looks good enough for people to shift their route slightly to use it, which is important too.

    The shared spaces could be busy, but those are just small details.

    I hope progress is made on this, and we’ll look back and wonder how we lived without it.

  4. look forward to response by Irish Cycle/Dublin Cycle etc. Some of this is quite hard to read and hope I’m not being paranoid when I say it often looks like cycle prioirty is last – having to stop/give way to pedestrians and motorised vehicles? Experience of the grand canal route shows how frustrating it is! (almost encouraging red light breaking due to the infuriating sequencing of lights).
    It would also be great to see a little more effort made to integrate this linear route with the cross routes especially when, presumably, the south Quays remains unimproved between O’Connell and Frank Sherwin bridges and therefore lethal for cyclists!)
    But on the whole cant wait for implementation!

  5. the number of right turns for cars could be an issue/conflict with cyclists heading towards Phoenix park.
    if they could add a cycle lane over butt bridge or the bridge between it an O Connell street, it would make it much easier for cyclist to get across the Liffey and head out of town.

    Its not clear how cyclist exiting the park will merge into the lane on the far side of the road.

  6. Looks like most of the bus lanes on the North Quays from the Three Arena to the Sean O’Casey Bridge is being lost. This would be detrimental to all the public transport along this route.

    • @Pmurphy —

      Some of the images covering the Dockland failed to upload and I failed to notice.

      There is more bus lanes retailed than pictured. I can’t update this right now because the 17MB single-page PDF file doesn’t work on my phone.

      @everybody —

      I’ll be writing about the issues with the design but I think all of them can be fixed — with the support of councillors — in the Part 8 public consultation process. What is vital now is getting the route approved for consultation.

  7. Seems unobvious how you get from Phoenix park onto cycle track, or vice versa
    Not obvious how you get to/from Liffey st west
    The bow legged James joyce bridge seems difficult to get from Ushers island onto this, lanes look below dmurs minima

    Queen st to upstream right turn looks non-obvious

    Access from Arran st or Lincoln lane not clear.

    The left turn lane on Church st doesn’t comply with dmurs

    O Donnovan bridge doesn’t need 3 general lanes, when there’s only 2 lanes leading away from north side. Should have a cycle lane on downstream side of bridge for bikes turning towards the point.

    Access to Jervis st not clear.
    Access to O’Connell st is not clear

    Right turns from O’Connell Bridge are unclear.

    The Rosie Hacket Bridge drawing does not comply with An Bord Pleanála condition that there should be cycle lanes on both sides of the bridge.

    There seems to be no consideration given to people cycling down Tara st cycle track and turning right onto Custom house quay.

    City Quay to Talbot bridge seems like there’s a switch from drive on the left, to drive on the right….

    The crossing from City quay to Georges quay has 3 crossings, when one would do. is this following dmurs?

  8. The 3 bridges to the east of o’Connell bridge don’t have the cycle route continued over. Compare them to all bridges west. The approach should be the same for all bridges for safety.


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