Dublin Bay route: Two-way cycle path to replace car lane on coast road in Sandymount

Plans to quick-build a second section of the S2S or Sutton to Sandycove greenway was welcomed by cycling campaigners this afternoon.

The move by Dublin City Council to quick-build the section of cycle path will be the council’s first notable continuous section of cycle route under its COVID-19 mobility plans.

It follows Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council quick-building a section of the S22 route between Blackrock to Sandycove (pictured) which has become highly popular before the works on it has finished.

Owen Keegan, the city council’s chief executive, told The Irish Times that motorised traffic would be reduced to one lane on Strand Road. The direction of the one-way system which has yet to be set and it could be alternating.

The newspaper reported this morning that preliminary designs will be circulated to councillors in the south-east area over the next two weeks and that Keegan said the intent is to have the path in place “very quickly” afterwards.

The S2S is a long-delayed walking and cycling route planned along Dublin Bay. Some advocates for the route are not impressed with calling the quick-build routes the S2S but others have said that its hard to see anything but a version of much of the temporary route being made permanent in the short to medium term.

Dublin Cycling Campaign said it welcome the proposal by Dublin City Council for a new two-way cycle route along Strand Road in Sandymount.

“This new cycle route will unlock Dublin Bay for people of all ages and abilities,” said Kevin Baker, chairperson of Dublin Cycling Campaign.

He added: “It will enable those who don’t currently cycle to do so, and will provide a viable alternative for people while public transport is at limited capacity.”

Louise Williams, vice chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, said: “We really hope local councillors will embrace this plan and we are encouraging our members to get in touch with their local representatives and ask them to support the proposed cycle route.”

There is so-far no outline of proposals for a link between Sandymount and Blackrock park, or between Sandymount and the city centre.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Amazing what can be done once there is a will to do it.

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