— Route to switch from building side to quay side around the Four Courts.
— Drawings included at end of article, more to follow…
A new plan for the Liffey Cycle Route will include segregated cycle paths on both sides of Dublin’s quays, according to the Ireland edition of The Times.
The project is to be discussed at the Dublin City Council transport committee at 3pm today — the meeting can be watched from 3pm here.
Cllr Ciarán Cuffe, chairman of the committee, said: “”I’m delighted that we now have a new plan for the Liffey Cycle Route linking the Phoenix Park and Dublin Bay. The scheme isn’t perfect, and has had to make compromises, but I’m hoping that it will get the green light from councillors so that we can move towards construction.”
The project aims toe provide “safe, continuous cycle facilities in both directions between the Phoenix Park and Heuston Station and the Tom Clarke East Link Bridge”. The route will be at least 8 years in planning before it is built.
An outline of the new plan includes:
- Docklands: Point Village to Customs House:
Two-way cycle paths on both sides of the river on the quayside.
- Core city centre: Customs House to the Four Courts:
Unidirectional cycle paths on the quaysides.
- Western: Four Courts to Phoenix Park
Unidirectional cycle paths on the building side.
There there are boardwalks planned for around the south side of the central section, but these are for pedestrians. Unlikely one previous plan, cycling will remain inside the walls of the quays.
Tune in live to the Special Meeting on the Liffey Cycle Route today at 3.00pm in @DublinCityHall https://t.co/2u6Mt1xr79 #SeeItForYourself
Photos: Proposed changes to Wellington Quay pic.twitter.com/ZRWd9OP7lg
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) April 3, 2019
The unidirectional cycle paths are expected to be 2 metres wide with narrower sections at pinch points — this is below standards set out in the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan which states that primary cycle paths should aim for 2.5 metres.
While 2.5 metres may not be achievable everywhere, it is possible along most of the route.
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The Dublin Cycling Campaign is expected to welcome the route. Following holding Liffey Cycle protests, the campaign is planning a family-friendly cycle to celebrate the progress on the route on Sunday April 14, meeting on Grand Canal Square at 11am.