— 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— Emily MarkFitzGerald (@emilymfg) July 18, 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
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
My 8yr old & I are just home from a spin to Sandycove. It's brilliant !— Deputy "Wash my Paws" Dawg (@deputyd22575671) 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
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.— Oisín O'Connor (@OConnorOisin) July 19, 2020
Cycling is social. Between Seapoint & Dún L bumped into 5 different friends/family! pic.twitter.com/k6E7fatF4X
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
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
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