Work on planned interim measures ahead of the Liffey Cycle Route looks to be starting this week with quay-side parking coned off, according to a city councillor.
Cllr Cat O’ Driscoll (Social Democrats) said: “Yes, work on the #LiffeyCycle begins this week as well as the cycle lane on Nassau Street. Council Workers will be adhering to social distancing and safety measures. Another small step to making our city safer and greener.”
UPDATE: Images from today:
Fresh tarmac going down for the Liffey Cycle Route. pic.twitter.com/VOnHkNddGc
— Mike Banim (@MikeBanim) April 27, 2020
Much like the Liffey Cycle Route, the planned contra-flow cycle track on South Leinster Street / Nassau Street has been planned for over a decade.
The interim measures on the quays were first reported as continuous and a trial of the Liffey Cycle Route. But at a special transport committee meeting in March, Brendan O’Brien, the executive manager for traffic at Dublin City Council, said: “There’s probably some confusion… so, we should start off by saying the interim scheme is not a trial of the full permanent Liffey Cycle Route scheme.”
The plans outlined by O’Brien include non-continuous sections of cycle track on the quays and Parkgate Street, segregated using plastic bollards and dividers. All sections of cycle track will be interrupted by bus stops, and there will be short sections of sub-standard 1 metre wide cycle lanes.
Westbound, O’Brien outlined that provision would mainly include bus lanes extended in length and to 24 hours operation.
The main cycle-only provision on the westbound part of the route outlined was cycle tracks on Victoria Quay and Parkgate Street. The link between the two sections was outlined as including the shared crossing on front of Heuston and a gap in the route across the Frank Sherwin Bridge. Councillors last month requested that there would be cycling provision on the Frank Sherwin Bridge.
Unless the plans have changed, according to the outline made by O’Brien, the route eastbound starts at the main gate of the Phoenix Park and mainly runs up to the bridge at Capel Street. There will be few interventions east of Capel Street.
From Conyngham Road / Parkgate Street the eastbound section of the route will run on the building-side of the streets up to Blackhall Place. Just before Blackhall Place it is planned that there will be a switch-over to the quay-side up onto Capel Street. O’Brien outlined how people cycling beyond Capel Street will likely cycle in a shared bus lane, now with no cycle lane, on the building-side.
The Docklands section of the Liffey Cycle Route has been separated into the BusConnects Core Bus Corridor Project, the deadline for consultation for which has been extended.
Visual outline of the planned interim measures based on the details outlined at a special Liffey Cycle Route transport committee meeting: