Dublin City Council has opted to consult on a plan for its section of the Dodder Greenway — which is part of primary cycle routes — using a design which causes conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.
Large selections of the route is defined by the National Transport Authority as primary cycle routes in the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network.
While most of the route has space for separation between walking and cycling, the council has opted for putting common grass land and car space ahead of safety, comfort and capacity for active travel.
City council officials have chosen to consult on the option of narrow shared paths which are known in Dublin and internationally as causing conflict between cycling and pedestrians.
The council claims: “The Dodder Greenway Project aims to provide a high quality walking and cycling route along the route of the river Dodder from its source in the Dublin mountains to its mouth at the River Liffey at Grand Canal Dock. The river passes though three administrative areas, South Dublin County Council, Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council.”
Mixed greenways are only recommended in more rural areas where there are lower volumes of people and fewer commuters. Even in one less busy area, Fingal County Council has recently opted for a greenway with separate paths for walking and cycling.
The Dodder route however will be shared is already busy with people walking, running, and walking dogs and is designated as a commuter cycling route in the NTA’s plan.
The “Community Engagement on Emerging Preferred Option” for the Dodder Greenway has started and runs until October 14. Details can be found on DublinCity.ie.
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