The monthly meeting of Dublin City Council has given planning approval to the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route, subject to amendments that the route be redesigned.
The €7.35 million route is to run from Clontarf to Connolly Station at Amiens Street, via North Strand and Fairview. Construction is expected to start in the third quarter of 2018.
An approved amendment tabled by Cllr Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party) and Cllr Andrew Montague (Labour) seeks for the route to be redesigned to make it more cycling-friendly. Project approval is subject to the following amendments:
- The locations of bus stops shall be examined and all bus stops along the route shall be redesigned to segregate buses and bicycles as recommended by the National Cycle Manual.
- The junctions and traffic signalling on the route shall be designed
a) to provide for pedestrians in line with the Design Manual For Urban Roads and Streets and
b) to provide for full segregation of bicycles and motor vehicles.
- The widths of cycle facilities and buffers are to be in line with the specifications in the National Cycle Manual. If there are pinch points where this is not possible, such locations are to be subject to special design consideration and a safety audit.
The amendment was approved by 42 to 10 votes.
Another vote to increase the right hand turning lane to Fairview Strand was also approved. That motion proposed by Councillor Ciaran O’Moore and seconded by Cllr Naoise O’Muirí was approved by 33 votes to 24. It effectively means that a planned removal of a general traffic lane of 350 meters will instead be reduced to 298 metres.
Cllr Damian O’Farrell (independent) said it was a disgrace that the Part 8 approval was going ahead without debate, while other councillors outlined how there was extensive debate about the project at the previous city council meeting and at a meeting about the project between the monthly council meetings.
The city council also approved the Dublin City Council Control of On-Street Stationless Bicycle Hire Bye-Laws 2017.
The approval of the bylaws also included an amendment from the transport committee which removed a previous suggestion to totally ban advertising on the bicycles. Instead only alcohol advertising is banned. It said: “The Operator shall agree proposed livery on all bicycles with the Council. No advertising for alcohol products will be permitted on bicycles”.