COMMENT & ANALYSIS: The Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route was approved by councillors at the start of this month, but approval was subject to some pro-cycling and walking amendments.
The pro-walking and cycling amendment was approved by 42 to 10 votes. The amendment tabled by Cllr Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party) and Cllr Andrew Montague (Labour) puts the following conditions on the route:
- 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.
It is the view of IrishCycle.com that reverting to a two-way cycle path is the only way to fulfill those conditions without having major impacts on other modes, including motorists, footpath space and buses.
The following are DRAFT edits of the council drawings which Photoshop their one-way cycle path design into a two-way design — it should be viewed not only as a draft but also a sketch from a journalist, not drawings. It shows two-way can fit with the same number of bus stops, loading bays, and parking as the council’s design:
This section is unfinished to stress that all of these are draft images:
These are unfinished drafts — for example, it is intended to add London/Dutch-style continuous footpaths across minor side streets, better clarity of kerb- segregation, and left out of the above is the Royal Canal intersection as the work on that is too unfinished.
This article focus on the narrow section of the route (mainly North Strand Road), not the wider section in Fairview. This is to show that two-way is possable and the council have provided misinformation about two-way requiring further parking / loading removal or it being impossible with the number of bus stops.
Please tell us what you think — supporting and descending voices welcomed!