Major flaws on the planned Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route may yet be addressed as councillors have deferred a decision on the Part 8 planning process for the route.
Councillors tonight deferred the decision on the route to the October monthly meeting of the council where they can outright approve, approve with conditions or reject the proposals.
The route as proposed by the council management and presented to councillors at the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council this evening went against the preference for a two-way cycle path which was requested by most of the individuals, businesses, cycling groups and councillors who replied to the public consultation.
Rather than developing a segregated two-way cycle path as preferred by most groups, the current plan includes mixing cycling and buses at bus stops and no protection for people cycling at large junctions.
The project is also not compliant with national guidance, including the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets which recommends the removal of left slip turns and staggered crossing, and requires pedestrian crossings at all legs of urban junctions.
The Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets states: “Omit left turn slips, which generally provide little extra effective vehicular capacity but are highly disruptive for pedestrians and cyclists. Where demand warrants, they may be replaced with left tuning lanes with tighter corner radii” and the National Cycle Manual, produced by the National Transport Authority says that slips turns “often gives drivers an unreasonable sense of priority,” allows “vehicles to take corners at higher speeds” and “restricts views of cyclists and pedestrians.”
The council, in a report which is in the name of city CEO Owen Keegan, claims that following the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets would have too much of an impact on traffic capacity.