Dublin City Council has defended closing a busy segregated cycle path with no alternative route as part of “quick wins” planned to be finished ahead of the Velo-City conference at the end of the month.
It is normal in cycling-friendly cities to provide protected diversion around works on cycle paths. While it is common in long-time cycling-friendly cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, it is in recent years also becoming common when there’s works on new higher-quality cycle paths in London.
The works at the junction of the Matt Talbot Memorial Bridge in Dublin is to link the junction with the new two-way cycle path on City Quay in the south Docklands.
Perry Chitombo, a Dublin City Council senior executive engineer, said: “Due to the volume of public transport and general traffic on the bridge it was not possible to take possession of the road space and provide a [temporary] segregated track for the cyclists. Since the area under construction is relatively short, it was felt that cyclist can transit the bridge by sharing the carriageway with other traffic.”
Asked what is involved with the works, he said: “We are finishing the outstanding section of the South Campshire Cycle Route. We are merely connecting the missing link on the bridge bringing the facility to the same standard as the recently opened cycle track.”
There was no reply from the city council when asked could this website see a copy of the planned layout, so, it is unclear if the council plans to follow the BusConnects / Liffey Cycle Route plan to remove the current pedestrian crossing design. The current design is Dutch-like in providing pedestrian space between the cycle path and the roadway, although it needed fixing after design changes to the quayside in recent years.
The previous design:
The work area is at the top right of the junction below: