ACT NOW: Consultation ends this Thursday, March 9, 2017!
In planning since 2012, the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route was supposed to provide a fully segregated two-way cycle path between the existing coastal path at Clontarf and the city centre, via Fairview and North Strand. But instead the council has opted for a non-continuous cycle route which mixes cycling with buses, heavy traffic and pedestrians.
The solution is to return to a design with a continuous two-way cycle path on the east side of the road along the route. This is the safest, most space efficient, and most attractive option for most people who cycle now and those who will cycle when conditions are improved.
Here’s fives ways you can help:
1. Respond to the public consultation
Fill in this short web form to outline in your own words why the council should provide a fully-segregated two-way cycle route. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Tell your local councillors
Regardless of what area in Dublin you live or work, it is very important to tell your local councillors that this is an important issue for you and that the route should include a two-way cycle path design. Please text, email or call them — their details can be found on the city council’s website here.
3. Sign the petition
Join 1,275 people and counting and sign the petition looking for the council to build the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route as a two-way segregated cycle path. Please sign and share the petition on Uplift.ie.
4. Ask your employer
Use the template and advice on CyclingWorks.org to ask your employer to write to the council to support the route. The employer can be based anywhere in the city — the route is a core link between a good chunk of the northside and the city centre and beyond.
Some high-profile London-based employers supported that city’s segregated cycle route… isn’t it time that Dublin businesses and NGOs followed them and supported cycling for all ages and abilities?
6. Ask businesses you use
Use the template and advice on CyclingWorks.org to ask any businesses you use which are based in Dublin to support the two-way segregated cycle path option.
Why a two-way cycle path?
Here’s the reasoning for a two-way cycle path:
(1) Cycling for all ages and abilities
Mixing cycling with buses and other motorists on a busy route — as is currently planned — does not fit with the idea of cycling for “all ages and abilities”: The route must be fully segregated.
The City Development Plan states: “With regard to the city centre, in particular, ease of access to persons of all ages and abilities is a significant indicator as to how inclusive Dublin is as a city,” and the National Cycle Policy states: “The bicycle will be the transport mode of choice for all ages” — we need to stop these from becoming hollow words.
(2) Arguments against it don’t make sense
The council and their consultants have outlined a number of “issues” as to why the two-way path should not be chosen — from safety of “cyclists taking chances” crossing away from official crossings to the idea that commuters won’t use the route. These, however, don’t make sense. Similar routes recently built in London prove that the “issues” can be fixed by good design.
The council’s arguments on safety are nonsensical — they rate having a two-way cycle path across the entrances to low-volume side streets as more dangerous than their plan of mixing cyclists with buses at bus stops and with trucks and heavy traffic turning from one major road to another.
(3) Connection to the S2S North
Even if other connections can be made between the Docklands and the coastal section S2S Dublin Bay route on the northside, the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route will be the most direct link between the coastal route and the city centre. It is of the utmost importance that a segregated route is provided to allow people to cycle from the costal section to the city centre and vice versa.
(4) Connection to the Liffey Cycle Route and southside
The council’s plan is to end the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route outside Connolly Station — this means people cycling to/from the southside and planned Liffey Cycle Route will have to brave the many lanes of traffic around the Customs House and Busáras. A fully segregated two-way path could easily be extended between Connolly Station and the quays, allowing for a safe and attractive connection.
Please sign and share
A two-way cycle path is the option which will get the best outcomes for safety, transport, health, climate change, and tourism — please sign and share.
Can two-way cycle paths work on urban streets?
Two-way cycle paths are very common in urban areas in the Netherlands, but even closer to home the design is proven to work in London:
Here’s also a few example images from Amsterdam:
And examples from Utrecht:
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