— Councillors want cycling access retained.
Dublin City Council is banning cycling on Dublin’s Suffolk Street for a pedestrianisation trial which will last at least 6 weeks.
The street is seen as an important cycling link which people the option of avoiding College Green and minimising the time mixing with buses and taxis over tram tracks.
According to a tweet in reply to this article, Cllr Ciaran Cuffe, the chairman of the council’s transport committee, said that the issue was discussed at the committee’s meeting today and there were requests to keep cycling access.
Cllr Cuffe said that a number of councillors, including himself, and the Dublin Cycling Campaign representative on the committee sought to keep cycling access on the street.
Was discussed our @DubcityCouncil #DublinTraffic committee this afternoon. Colm Ryder from @DublinCycling, and several councillors myself included sought to keep cycling access. As always, no harm to pop a quick note to firstname.lastname@example.org
— Ciarán Cuffe (@CiaranCuffe) January 30, 2019
A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said: “Following discussions with local business on Suffolk Street, DCC are undertaking a trial of Pedestrianisation of Suffolk Street for six weeks from the 2nd of February.”
“The area from the boundary of Number 5/6 Suffolk Street to Grafton Street will become a pedestrian zone with the same access hours as Grafton Street. This will see the current bollards and planters moved from the bottom of Suffolk Street to this new location,” she said.
The spokeswoman said: “The proposed changes move the existing traffic restrictions further up Suffolk Street. Currently there is no through traffic allowed from Nassau Street to Suffolk Street and this situation is unchanged.”
She added: “This arrangement will be reviewed after the six week trial when a decision will be made as to whether these changes should be made permanent. Any comments or observations during the six week trial period should be directed to citycentreprojects@dublincity.”
These images were taken by IrishCycle.com on January 2:
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UPDATED: With information provided by Cllr Ciaran Cuffe.