‘Cyclists dismount’ signs on a new east-west walking and cycling link between Grangegorman Lower and the core of Dublin city centre have been defended by the Grangegorman Development Agency as it continues to flout sustainable transport related planning conditions for the campus.
The designers of the Grangegorman campus — which houses Dublin Institute of Technology and HSE facilities — opted for shared walking and cycling links the city centre campus, but since the site part-opened the authority has also implemented restrictive opening hours forcing people in the area into long and unsafe detours, put a restrictive barrier on the only western access point where cycling is allowed and flouted the planning condition the east-west access would be open before students were on site.
One gate on the southern half of Grangegorman Lower which was shown in the planning scheme as for walking and cycling seems to be permanently closed despite construction being finished inside that gate for some time.
The An Bord Pleanála imposed conditions Grangegorman Development Agency to have the east-west access before students are on site, made no allowance for limited time access and planners told them that walking and cycling access points have the same statue as other “gateway” access points.
The way cycling is treated on the site contrasts to Dutch universities where dedicated cycle paths are provided across campuses and strongly contrasts with the redevelopment of Utrecht Centraal Station where walking and cycle routes were maintained around a far larger construction project.
After a reader Anne sent us images of the ‘cyclists dismount’ signs, IrishCycle.com sent questions to the Grangegorman Development Agency which have so-far gone unanswered, but the authority posted on Facebook shortly afterwards saying there was “confusion” over the cyclist dismount signs.
“There appears to be some confusion around the new link to Constitution Hill. The link is for pedestrians and cyclists, as is the whole Grangegorman quarter. The ‘cyclist dismount’ signs refer only to the entrances at either end. where there are blind corners,” the Grangegorman Development Agency said on Facebook.
“The GDA have intentionally opened the new link on a restricted basis to allow us to see how it operates and to see if any issues arise. It is our intention and goal to expand the opening hours as soon as we can and will hopefully be able to provide a timetable for this soon.”
It added: “We would also like to re-iterate that this link is a temporary one until the new plaza at Broadstone is completed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. This is due to happen next year. Once complete it will effectively become the main entrance to Grangegorman from the city. In fact the sign informing people that they are entering Grangegorman is already in place on the bridge under which people will walk to come into the quarter.”
The authority also posted this image showing the new route: