Council need to go back to drawing board on Dublin cycle route, says campaigner

Campaigners have branded a new cycle route planned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as “sacrificing” the safety of people cycling due to a focus on car capacity

IMAGE: Narrow cycle track at island bus stop.

The Clonskeagh Road Pedestrian and Cycle Improvements (UCD to Clonskeagh Bridge) scheme should go back to the drawing board according to Oisín O’Connor, a spokesperson for DLR Cycling, a branch of the Dublin Cycling Campaign covering the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

O’Connor welcomed the fast pace at which the council has installed COVID-19 mobility improvements including in village centre, the Blackrock to Sandycove coastal cycle route and extra protection at a number of junctions in the council’s area, but he said if the council are serious about cycling safety they would “take the hit” and go back to the drawing board on the Clonskeagh Road project.

The scheme has a large number of issues including large section of lanes which are not segregated and sections of narrow sub-standard cycle lanes and tracks — including 1.5 metre cycle lane and cycle track at a junction and 1.2 metre wide cycle track at an bus stop island.

Other issues include shared space a bus stop which has space for an bus stop island and no buffer space between cycle tracks and the main carriageway when there is lengths of green space.

The council is seeking the public’s view before August 6, 2020 at midday. You can find a link to the online survey and other details on the council’s consultation website.

 

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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