— Cycle route blamed while still under construction, other roadworks on-going.
— Council in contact with RNLI on details of access lifeboat station.
— Campaigners say cycle route will save lives by tackling the inactivity crisis.
A reported delay of up to 20 minutes in accessing the Dún Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Station, claimed to be because of a new coastal cycle route, “cannot be substantiated”, a senior official at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said.
The new cycle route — at least some of which will likely serve as part of the S2S Dublin Bay greenway — has been put in places using temporary materials as a COVID-19 mobility measures.
As this website has previously reported, the route runs from Blackrock to Sandycove, passing Dún Laoghaire harbor between the two areas. The space for the route has been made by making the coastal road one-way for motorists, which makes space for a two-way cycle path.
The new route is 3.6 km long but when combined with an existing cycle route in Blackrock Park and low-volume local streets in Blackrock it forms a 6.6km route which is a mix of segregation, local streets, and paths in the park. In Dún Laoghaire the route also links with the Metals shared greenway which links to Dalkey.
The claim of a delay of up to 20 minutes was made by an anonymous source, reported to be a RNLI volunteer in an article in the Business Post newspaper yesterday (Sunday).
In response to the article in the Business Post, Robert Burns, director of infrastructure and climate change at Dún Laoghaire-
IrishCycle.com understands that a large volume of criticism of traffic delays in the area recently, which is been blamed on new coastal cycle route, has in fact been caused by the construction works for the cycle route rather than the route itself, and by unrelated road works on the Glasthule Road, which is part of the road which runs parallel with the coastal route.
As well as the construction works for the cycle route, there’s a stop / go traffic management system linked to on-going remedial works to footpaths in Glasthule Village which according to the council’s website commenced on July 19 and are due to be finished by July 24. After 7pm, road works are also on-going on road resurfacing works in Glasthule Village. These commenced on July 21 and runs until July 24.
The CoCo Markets were also held on Queens Road on July 12. The council has said that this will not be repeated.
As well as overall delays claimed to be because of the cycle route, plastic bollards have also been put in place across the Queen’s Road access point, one of the two access points to the Lifeboat Station. When traveling from the Sandycove direction, the route for motorists to the station is now around 440 metres from the Queen’s Road access point, while going over the bollards is around 100 metres.
The bollards are of a similar type which used in Dublin City Centre as social distancing measures by closing loading bays and parking to allow for more pedestrian space outside shops. The bollards were at first easily driven over by motorists.
Oisín O’Connor, a spokesperson for the DLR branch of the Dublin Cycling Campaign said: “The harbour car park is accessible as it always was, apart from the large amount of cars parked in it. Emergency vehicles are allowed to use two way cycle lanes in other countries and it would be great for the council to clarify that they can be used here too.”
“The council have indicated that they’ve been in touch with the RNLI so we shouldn’t put too much heed to anonymous sources claiming undefined, unverified barriers to access,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor added: “This cycle lane will save lives by tackling the inactivity crisis, poor air quality which claims over 1,000 lives per year and help reduce our impact on climate change, which is already costing large numbers of lives of people in the Global South.”
Afloat.ie, a sailing and boating website, last week quoted Stephen Wynne, the lifeboat operations manager at RNLI Dun Laoghaire as stating that they were currently “in consultation with DLRCoCo to find an amicable solution”.
REACTION: IMAGES AND VIDEO OF ROUTE
We’ve lived in Blackrock for 14 years. Today is the 1st time we took a family cycle to the Sunday market in Dun Laoghaire as it is the 1st time it’s a viable option. What an absolute joy! Thanks @dlrcc #dunlaoghaire #dunlaoghairemarket @dlrcycling @dublincycling pic.twitter.com/Co3yUcTDGT— Dick Notrom (@Devilsad2) July 19, 2020
#cyclingwithoutage just loves the new cycleway from Blackrock to the Forty Foot. Any excuse to get out for a spin and a @Teddysicecream!@robertburns73 @dlrcc @dlrcycling @unapower @dublincycling pic.twitter.com/MkNhdIrIhQ— Cycling Without Age Ireland (@age_cycling) July 19, 2020
Really delighted with this. Was able to cycle down on Thurs from Sallynoggin to Dun Laoghaire and along the coast with my two kids, using the Metals + new cycle way, and felt safe with them for the first time. https://t.co/a2TaaOzNqk— Dr Emily MarkFitzGerald (@emilymfg) July 18, 2020
Just back from a fantastic mornings cycle Blackrock to Sandycove. Beautiful bike lane, massive use already, gamechanger for area and erected in 2 weeks.@dlrcc you have absolutely outdone yourselves. You’re the gold standard now & have set the bar for @DubCityCouncil to match!👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/MEBo6Elt0d— I A N (@iancairns01) July 19, 2020
One for the 'if you build it…' @dlrcc @robertburns73 🙂 pic.twitter.com/cMyRfrpcz2— conn donovan (@conndonovan9) July 19, 2020
Beautiful morning for a cycle and swim. Look at this photo of new bike lane at Seapoint. Over 25 people cycling/walking and one car. Blackrock village was buzzing too. So impressed by @dlrcc – keep up the great work @unapower and team pic.twitter.com/2fHmU34fRB— Paul O'Hara (@pohara) July 19, 2020
Glorious @dlrcc @dlrcycling ventured Southside and expectations were exceeded. In Dublin for 15 years and never been to Sandycove 😱 the new bike lanes are a game changer, door to door with a stress free journey and no parking worries. @BearMarketCo in blackrock for a coffee stop pic.twitter.com/1eHtoYBmCk— Lorraine O'Sullivan (@Sulkythesecond) July 18, 2020
It looks like @dlrcc will have built 3.5KM of protected cycle lane along this route in about 25 days. In addition to the work being done in Blackrock village. More of this please. Much much more of this. https://t.co/PjlMWB8bn3 pic.twitter.com/qWiF8CpqIq— Dermot Casey (@dermotcasey) July 17, 2020
Today's #Staycation2020 highlight: a cycle down and back to Dun Laoghaire, where we particularly enjoyed the (still under construction) coast-road cycle lane. Well done to @dlrcc – it's like our very own Greenway! pic.twitter.com/HQNQJyDZIZ— Brendan Donlon (@brendandonlon) July 18, 2020
Thank you @dlrcc for some excellent cycling infrastructure. It enabled a lovely family day out by bike, including spending €€ in the market and a sea swim.— Úna Morrison (@surfguna) July 19, 2020
A joy to see. Well done @dlrcc for providing public road space for all ages and abilities. https://t.co/xfKbYLzrh4— Mary Caulfield (@SusanTheSilent) July 18, 2020
My 8yr old & I are just home from a spin to Sandycove. It's brilliant !— Deputy Stay at Home Dawg (@BikerHikerTechy) July 19, 2020
There are loads of cyclists of every age, young & old, & every ability out on it today.
As for Blackrock, it's completely transformed. All the outdoor seating was occupied.@SaveMalahide @dlrcc @dlrcycling pic.twitter.com/F8EFfr3X0l
Mine was one of them. We now have great cycling infrastructure thanks to @dlrcycling @dlrcc . This is Dublin as it should be, safe enjoyable active transport. https://t.co/2LFyFznEbm— Paul Gallagher (@PaulGall186) July 17, 2020
3 generations of O'Connors (that's grandad in the background) cycled from Clonskeagh to Dún Laoghaire this afternoon. Maybe head to Sandycove for a swim now.— Cllr Oisín O'Connor (@OConnorOisin) July 19, 2020
Cycling is social. Between Seapoint & Dún L bumped into 5 different friends/family! pic.twitter.com/k6E7fatF4X
When it’s not in any way stressful to take 3 children aged 4 and younger on a cycle lane you know it’s good infrastructure. Well done @dlrcc pic.twitter.com/lQPHTfxfwM— John Legge (@JohnLegge1984) July 15, 2020
Last evening I went over to check out the new cycle-infra in south Dublin.— 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐖𝐨𝐥𝐟 (@CitizenW0lf) July 18, 2020
Holy Odin's blood! Finally, some Dutch-level cycle infra. 😮@IrishCycle @IBIKEDublin @GalwayCycling @dublincycling @OConnorOisin @LkCycleDesign pic.twitter.com/xxbaoBDBjN
What a difference a few weeks make! Protected cycling lanes by the pier so I won't be getting bashed anymore 😍@dlrcc https://t.co/b7EtPAarnG pic.twitter.com/MrIU0O9aTs— Cllr Una Power (@unapower) July 14, 2020
The new cycle lanes at #Seapoint are fantastic, really safe even in the rain, fair play @dlrcc let's keep them! @dlrcycling @dublincycling @DublinCyclists pic.twitter.com/qhip7Iisbn— Eoin Healy (@eoinheal) July 14, 2020
New two way cycle lane on Seapoint Ave is a game changer. Numerous families out cycling together (mine included) and steady stream of people of all ages between Blackrock and Dún Laoghaire. pic.twitter.com/DsKiK6GZrf— Jason Taylor (@JTUrbanDesign) July 12, 2020
Dunlaoghaire to Seapoint segregated cycle lane is really impressive 👏🚲 pic.twitter.com/KNMYHYK6oy— Séamus Guidera (@seamusguidera) July 11, 2020
From Blackrock, to Dun Laoghaire, to Sandycove. All on (almost!) one cycle path. Iontach ar fad! #dlr #dlrcoco pic.twitter.com/q4pXexFPTq— James Kearney (@JamesMFKearney) July 19, 2020
We use this space to park when visiting many of the areas amenities, the pier, Sunday market, sandycove, the library to name just a few.— Killian Byrne (@killianbyrne) July 7, 2020
Will happily park just 5mins away if this cycle path (hopefully) becomes a permanent feature. https://t.co/nGBo2bUO6U
Elsa and myself are trying out the new Blackrock to Sandycove #cyclepath this morning. Great so far. #cycling pic.twitter.com/XB1eu7ry5Y— Eoin K. Costello (@EoinKCostello) July 5, 2020
A lovely new segregated cycle path from Blackrock to Seapoint. It makes cycling for a swim so pleasant. Thank you @dlrcc @dlrcycling @ShayBrennan pic.twitter.com/jcKyAFaKWx— fitzrik (@fitzrik) July 4, 2020
Took a cycle over from @DubCityCouncil to check out the new #CycleTrack between Blackrock & Dun Laoghaire today. Great initiative by @dlrcc 👏👏👏 More of this please pic.twitter.com/TdiutBkvBZ— Siobhán McClean (@mcclean_siobhan) July 19, 2020
My colleague @deirdreblack and her 2 boys, Ruairi and Darragh, our for a cycle on the Coastal Cycleway. Deirdre doesn’t have a car so now she and her family have a safe option for travel. Darragh said he loves it because he ‘feels safe’. #safemobility #bikelife #mobilityforall pic.twitter.com/SGj2BAQrra— Robert Burns (@robertburns73) July 17, 2020
Seapoint to Dun Laoghaire coastal cycleway. 😍🚲😍 pic.twitter.com/4wMojR55al— Kevin Baker (@__kbaker__) July 19, 2020
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Absolutely buzzing about this. I live just off the new lanes in the middle of Dun Laoghaire and it’s made a massive positive difference firstly for me and my family directly by making it infinitely easier for my 8 year old to cycle to Blackrock or Dalkey and beyond without fear. I cycle to work in town so running the gauntlet of the final stretch of the old Dun Leary Road with speeding traffic is now a thing of the past.
Secondly, the overall drop in on-street motor traffic (especially on Sundays when day trippers cars block up Crofton Road), the rise again in bike use simply to get around, go shopping, etc. makes for a much friendlier, happier and far more pleasant town.
Although the infra that’s been put in is all temporary, with screw-down wooden curbs, magic wands and whatnot, the resurfacing of most of the road has been fast and to a good standard. It seems like most of the work done so far is to get best bang for the buck at this stage, with a view that it’ll be easier to make permanent.
There’s been a fair bit of hostility online from easily ignored wannabe Twitter trolls, but just talking to others in person, many don’t get that these lanes connect schools and senior colleges and will enable students to cycle to school/college far easier than before. Equally, some drivers simply don’t understand the concept of why parking spaces should be outside the bike lane. Likewise, once more people are able to cycle as a mode of transport, the demand for road space for cars will drop and make it easier for those who do need to drive.
This is a great amenity, but we need to keep pushing and suggesting other routes to build the network – other than the Metals and Blackrock park, there’s no other segregated lanes in the area right now that connect with this. We need more!
There is a small but active group of Trolls who are posting a variety of lies about these schemes. Get need to be exposed for what they are.
Does anyone know what the plan is for the Crofton Road section? It’s a bit dangerous at the moment the way the route ends and kids have to cross from one side of the road to the other.