— More contra-flow planned.
A contra-flow cycle route between Pearse railway station on Westland Row and City Quay is due to be opened next week.
The route has been under construction for some time. The first section was opened in June and construction on the second section was delayed.
A spokesman for Dublin City Council said: “The Lombard Street Contra Flow is due to open next week, while the majority of the works are finished, the Traffic signals and Statutory signs need to be completed.”
The first section of the project included protective corner islands at the with-flow and contra-flow sides of Lombard Street junction with Townsend Street — but these seem to be largely not used by cyclists and wrongly used by pedestrians.
Attempts to partly copy Dutch protective islands have had mixed results in other countries too because the local designers also did not followed the Dutch design practices, such as including buffer and pedestrian space, and taking the walking and cycling interactions out of the traffic light phases.
In the Netherlands it is now also best practice to hold left (their right) turning motor traffic while people on bicycles have a green light to go ahead.
A webpage about cycle routes on the council’s website promises more contra-flow routes, it said: “Contra-flow cycle lanes allow cyclists to go in either direction of the flow of traffic sharing the same road space with vehicles going in one direction only.”
“There are a number of existing contra-flow cycle lanes in the city, the most prominent being the ones on Andrews Lane and Ryders Row/Capel Street. Both these contraflows have been protected by orcas and flexible wands in recent times,” it said.
It added: “Dublin City Council is currently installing a contra-flow cycle lane on Lombard Street East which will link Pearse Street with the new South Campshires cycle way. In addition future contra-flows are planned for Moss Street, Drury Street and William Street South.”