Consultants have concluded that cycle lanes protected by a buffer of car parking is feasible for the streets between Leeson Street and Mount Street via Fitzwilliam Street.
If proceeded with, the route — dubbed the Fitzwilliam Cycle Route — is estimate to cost between €790,000 and €1.1 million. The consultant’s report was published ahead of the Dublin City Council transport committee meeting next Wednesday.
The route will still need to get council approval, a public consultation process and funding approval from the National Transport Authority. So, it’s unclear at this stage when it could be built.
It would run between the junction of Fitzwilliam Place and Leeson Street and the junction of Merrion Square East, Merrion Square North and Mount Street.
Following a request from Cllr Paddy Smyth (FG) consultants AECOM were commissioned by the National Transport Authority to undertake a feasibility and options assessment study.
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The consultants concluded that 2 metre widewith-flow cycle lanes with a door-zone buffer was the best option. Parking would act as a physical buffer between the cycle lanes and the general traffic lanes. Two-way cycle lanes or wider cycle lanes without door zone buffers were seen as less sutable for the route in question.
The current streets includes cycling mixed with traffic for the most part and a small section of cycle lanes outside car parking.
The consultants report concluded: “The results of the Option Assessment and Feasibility Study propose a Standard Cycle Lane with marked Buffer (inside parking) as the preferred option.
This option meets the project objectives and …provides the optimal balance of provision between the various competing users along the route. The option also provides an equitable facility suitable for the predicted user groups.
It adds: “It is recommended that further design and analysis proposed in the report is carried out to complete the option’s design in the detailed design phase.”
The following example and draft outline only images were included in the report: