— Measures would remove through traffic on residential streets.
— ‘Quietway’ or ‘neighborhood greenway’ already faces opposition.
A public meeting to discuss a proposed Terenure to Ballsbridge walking and cycling route is to take place this evening (Tuesday) at 7.30pm in the Three Patrons Church Parish Hall on the Rathgar Road, Dublin.
Cllr Paddy Smyth (Fine Gael), who originally proposed the idea, is hosting the meeting for the route which is proposed to be a type of route known in other countries as a ‘quietway’ or ‘neighborhood greenway’.
According to Cllr Smyth the idea is to link up a succession of vehicular cul de sacs, which will ensure that children and others will be free to walk and cycle without having to compete with commuters, buses and trucks. He outlines how the advantage for residents is that the plan would reduce the use of residential streets being used as rat runs by car commuters.
Last year, consultants for Dublin City Council wrote a Quietway Feasibility Report (PDF) and looked at possable routes for such a quietway. The report recommended a number of possable interventions — including bollards to stop rat-running motorists and allow for filtered permeability, raised crossing over side streets, and new crossing where the route meets busy roads.
The concept usually includes few or only short sections of cycle lanes or cycle paths and in the draft options presented by the consultants only has cycle paths proposed for the main road in Herbert Park.
The report estimated the route would cost approximately €324,384 to implement.
Opposition to the route is already mounting. A proposal to make a gap in the wall between Corrib Road and Ashdale Gardens to allow for filtered permeability for people walking and cycling was strongly opposed Ashdale Gardens residents. Because of this, the route will now likely start in Terenure and not the neighbouring area of Kimmage, as originally envisaged.
The last article we published on the planned route includes a long comment section, including comments added in recent days ahead of the meeting which imply that the quietway would be a “speedway” leading to the “ruination of these suburbs” — according to those who have worked on similar projects in London and elsewhere, when filtered permeability is put in place similar vocal opposition is usually overshadowed by general acceptance by most residents who see the benefits of cutting rat running.
Filtered permeability has become common on routes in the UK, while in the Netherlands it is even more common place and seen as a way of calming large neighbourhood blocks, while also promoting use of walking and cycling.
Health experts, such as those at Public Health England, support filtered permeability measures for both promoting active travel and for allowing more possibilities for children to play or be active on their streets.
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Examples of filtered permeability using bollards or planters from the UK:
— Tab (@mum_on_bike) September 24, 2016
— Kevin Burke (@kevburkeie) February 11, 2016
— Kevin Burke (@kevburkeie) January 23, 2016
Nice example of fairly cheap filtered permeability in Oxford, making good use of the street pic.twitter.com/8PDxbnF7zR
— Mark Treasure (@AsEasyAsRiding) January 4, 2016
— GB Cycling Embassy (@GBCycleEmbassy) December 10, 2015
Simple, effective filtered permeability (roads closed to through motor traffic). Cheap too, planters £500 each! pic.twitter.com/mMXv9D7rFg
— Hackney People (@HackneyPOB) September 26, 2015
— GB Cycling Embassy (@GBCycleEmbassy) July 9, 2015
— Austen (@CroydonCyclists) January 25, 2015