Filtering of through motor traffic is to be trialled in Grangegorman after local residents sought the measure.
It follows a trial of anti-rat running bollards in Drumcondra which were made permanent after public opinion shifted from mixed to overwhelmingly supporting the bollards after the trial.
Filtering through motor traffic has been used extensively in the Netherlands and more recently in the award-winning Mini-Holland schemes in more car-dependent areas of outer London, which has shown results such as lower pollution.
Writing on IrishCycle.com last week, local resident Michael Banim said: “Dublin City Council had started to indicate a greater willingness to take suggestions from residents regarding emergency measures for walking and cycling, so myself and Luke, along with several neighbours from Kirwan Street, the residents’ association of Rathdown Road and the residents’ association of Grangegorman Lower, agreed on a proposal to send to the council.”
He added: “We requested bollards be placed across Grangegorman Lower, to prevent the street from being used as a through-route for cars, and to allow walking and cycling to continue to flourish. The targets for the Covid-19 Mobility Plan set out a tripling of cyclist numbers in the city: a Grangegorman Lower quietway would seem the sensible way to ensure these targets are reached, and users are kept safe.”
Local Councillor Ray McAdam said today on his website: “Following the recent request I and local residents groups and in light of the current Covid pandemic, it is the intention of the Grangegorman Development Agency and Dublin City Council to carry out a four week temporary trial of ‘filtered permeability’ at a location close to the Clocktower on Grangegorman lower.”
“Given that this area is projected to have high footfall and cyclists numbers due to proximity of the University Campus, it is the Council’s intention to ensure that active mobility and public transport is optimised at this particular location and that the requirements of social distancing due the covid pandemic are adhered to,” said Cllr McAdam.
He said that the exact location and design is not yet confirmed but the measures planned with likely to involve a series of bollards across the carriageway which will restrict all motorised vehicles from passing the point of filtered permeability, while allowing people walking and cycling past.
Cllr McAdam said: “The trial is expected to commence in the third or fourth week of June and feedback can be submitted to email@example.com. A review of the trial will be undertaken after the four weeks and based on the review and feedback, consideration will be given to extending the trial for a 12 month period.”