A report on cycling along the Luas Cross City route should be finalised next month, the National Transport Authority said yesterday evening.
Dermot O’Gara, a spokesman for the National Transport Authority, said: “The final report is likely to be completed in the next month or so, with implementation taking place thereafter and before Luas Cross City becomes fully operational.”
A draft of the report was obtained by The Irish Times under Freedom of Information. The NTA has now also given that report to IrishCycle.com. Read the full draft report: Cycling and Luas Cross City: Assessment of cycling feasibility on the Luas Cross City route.
The report contains the following summary of recommendations:
- Advise against cycle access to Dawson Street from St Stephen’s Green;
- Contra-flow cycling to be facilitated on Nassau Street between Kildare Street and
- Contra-flow cycling to be facilitated/retained on Molesworth Street and on Kildare
- Advise against cycling along the Luas Cross City alignment between Duke Street/Dawson Lane
and College Green in both directions;
- Provide for two-way cycling in College Green, connecting Westmoreland Street to
- Provide segregated cycle track on College Street, connecting D’Olier Street to
- Provide for cyclists northbound at the Westmoreland Street / O’Connell Bridge
- Address the rail groove hazard on the service link at the corner of O’Connell Street
and Abbey Street;
- Advise against all cycling in the Marlborough Street – Abbey Street junction (except
cycling along Lower Abbey Street directly from west-to-east);
- Advise against cycling from the Marlborough Street-Parnell Street junction;
- Provide a dedicated cycle crossing for cyclists travelling from Parnell Street to Parnell
- Advise against cycling on Dominick Street north-bound;
- Advise against cycling at the Dominick Street-Parnell Street junction (south-bound);
- Provide a cycle crossing of rails between Western Way and Temple Cottages;
- Install box turns at junctions, both signalised and unsignalised; and
- Provide road markings for guidance to ensure rail crossings are undertaken by cyclists
as close to 90 degrees as possible.
The draft report states: “Where there is no space on links to accommodate cycling, cycling should not be accommodated and alternative alignments identified and developed.”
It adds: “Where crossing angles are too acute, crossings at or close to 90 degrees should be provided or, if
this is not possible, cycling should not be accommodated”.
Reacting to the report after The Irish Times published an outline of it, Cyclist.ie said on Facebook: “Cyclist.ie has long held the view that the Luas tram rails would render a lot of the city inaccessible to people who want to cycle there. Luas (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) has refused to deploy rail flange filler at critical crossing points for cyclists citing cost factors.”
It added: “We know that lots of cyclists have been thrown from their bikes already during the long construction phase. We have featured this regularly in posts. We have called on social media for Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Health and Safety Authority and the HSE to publicly declare the number of such falls but without any declaration, so far. We have a parliamentary question with the relevant Minister(s) at present to elicit this data.”