Two-way cycle path best for Blackrock route to schools says campaigners

— Public consultation closes this Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Dublin Cycling Campaign are asking members of the public to support option 5 for a protected cycle path on Carysfort Avenue in Blackrock, Dublin.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is currently looking for members of the public to express which is their preferred of five options. The route will use light segregation on Carysfort Avenue between Stillorgan Park Road to Convent Road.

There’s a limited amount of side roads and entrances on the west side of Carysfort Avenue so it is seen as suitable for a two-way path. Local campaigners also view the side roads as having low volumes of traffic.

The non-statutory pre-scheme public consultation will inform the council as to which route type to develop a detailed design of.

The council said: “Carysfort Avenue a regional road linking Stillorgan Park Road to Blackrock with a number of key destinations along the route including All Saints National School, Carysfort Park, Carysfort National School, UCD Smurfit Business School and Blackrock Business Park.”

It added: “Five possible options for cycle tracks on Carysfort Avenue between Stillorgan Park Road and Convent Road have been identified, using the area within the existing road layout, i.e. kerb to kerb. It is intended that the cycle tracks will be segregated from the road for each cycle track option using ‘Light Segregation’.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign said: “We are recommending that the Council proceed to the next phase with Option 5: a 2 way segregated cycle track. This is the only option that offers a fully segregated cycling track suitable for all ages and abilities in both directions on Carysfort Avenue. The western side of the road has the fewest number of entrances/side roads and thus least potential for conflicts with turning vehicles. It is also on the same side of the road as amenities such as Carysfort Park, UCDGraduate School and Carysfort N.S.

It added: “We strongly encourage you to make your own personal submission, particularly if you live in the area or would cycle there regularly. Make sure to include in your submission what this safe cycle route would mean to you.

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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