Plans for a large-scale development on the grounds of Connolly Station in Dublin does not include public bicycle parking for train station users despite CIE reserving space for 180 car parking spaces for company or station use.
As IrishCycle.com reports in more detail in another article, the developer of the Connolly Quarter Strategic Housing Development is seeking to build ‘fast-tracked’ housing on the grounds of Connolly Station in Dublin has argued that building a new car park elevated over a railway siding is exempted development, which does not need planning permission.
The development will have 1,406 covered bicycle parking spaces for residents and visitors for the housing — these will spaces will be provided partly in the basement accessible via a two-way cycle path, and, on the ground floor, behind retail and community space units accessible via a public square. The provision is said in planning files to exceed the minimum standards set out in the 2018 planning guidelines for the housing aspect of the development.
There is, however, no apparent provision on the site to provided public bicycle parking for Connolly train station. This is despite the council’s Dublin City Centre Cycle Parking Strategy which earmarks 200 high density bicycle parking at the station with “Potential to Expand Further”.
In its submission, the Dublin Cycling Campaign said: “The proper integration between cycling and public transport is a key part of building a sustainable multimodal transport network in Dublin. There is currently only a very limited amount of publicly available bike parking at Connolly station.”
It added: “Policy Objective 8.2 of the National Cycling Policy Framework states that high-quality public bike parking facilities should be provided at public transport stations. Connolly Station is a strategic public transport hub in Dublin. CIÉ was identified as one of the key stakeholders required in delivering high-quality and high-density bike parking at strategic rail hubs like Connolly Station.”
It also quoted from the Dublin’s city development plan, which states that it is policy: “To promote Bike and Ride at public transport hubs by providing secure, dry, bike parking facilities.” The development plan also states: “To promote and facilitate, in co-operation with key agencies and stakeholders, the provision of high density cycle parking facilities at appropriate locations, taking into consideration (inter alia) the NTAs Cycle Network Plan, Dublin City Centre Cycle Parking Strategy, and Dublin City Council’s Public Realm Strategy.”
In the Dutch city of Utrecht, which is smaller than Dublin, Utrecht central railway station has now around 21,250 bicycle parking spaces run by the railway company, another 4,400 spaces nearby run by its city council, and private companies are providing 6,725 spaces for offices workers in nearby buildings.
The Dublin Cycling Campaign said: “We recommend that An Bord Pleanála seek further information from the developer and CIÉ about where future high-density bike parking facilities will be created at Connolly station if the station car park area is to be used for office and apartment redevelopment and for 180 CIÉ car parking spaces”
Besides noting of the comments by the cycling campaign, the planning files had no apparent mention of providing bicycle parking for users of the railway station.
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Inside the doors of Utrecht Centraal Station there’s steps down to trams, trains and buses, just outside this video shows steps down to the largest bicycle parking unit in the world… this was taken early on a Saturday night so it’s quiet enough… pic.twitter.com/6G9IAsuu3w
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DublinBikes has 1,600 bicycles across the city. In Utrecht, there's 1,000 @OV_Fiets rentable from just the largest parking unit. You can rent them 24/7 for €3.85 per 24 hours. Goal is to extend reach of rail, not to have a high turnover. pic.twitter.com/qLkrDJ1Ma0
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