BREAKING NEWS: Councillors in Dublin City Council have been sent a draft of the proposed trial coastal two-way cycle path in Dublin’s Sandymount.
It includes making most of Strand Road one-way to make space for the cycle route, which is modelled on the highly successful DLRCC coastal two-way cycle path between Blackrock and Sandycove.
It’s unclear at this point how much support there is from councillors and others, but due to some councillors showing reservations about the cycle path, a petition has been set up to show public support for the route.
A report, issued to councillors late this afternoon, said: “Dublin City Council in conjunction with the NTA is proposing to improve cycle facilities along the Strand Road in order to offer an alternative transport option as people return to work and school.”
“It is proposed to undertake a six month trial of a 2 way separated cycle track from Merrion Gates to Sean Moore Rd. In order to install this safe continuous and protected cycle track the inbound traffic lane will be removed between Merrion Gates and Marine Drive and the road converted to a two way cycle track on the sea side with outbound general traffic in one direction on the building side. Access to all properties will be maintained and the vast majority of informal parking along Strand Road will remain as is. The scheme will involve minimal civil works and will be installed in such a way as to allow for localised alterations and to minimise any alterations to existing road surface or kerbs,” the report said.
It continued: “Protection will be provided by bollards and orcas in the first instance, which are easily adjusted. More permanent protection will be installed if the trial is successful. The emphasis will be on ensuring that the level of protection is adequate to safely delineate the cycle route from the vehicle running lanes.”
The report stated: “This six month trial allows for a full evaluation of the proposed option, its benefits and any adverse impacts. Changing the use of the sea side lane to a two way cycle track means almost no changes are proposed on the property side along Strand Road and the vast majority of informal parking can remain as before. It will considerably reduce traffic levels on Strand Road. The City Council will carefully monitor the impact of the scheme on the wider area.”
The report outlines that the temporary scheme can be in place by end October and will run initially for a six month trial period, during which time data and feedback will be gathered and assessed.
On the rationale the report said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all our lives and has had an enormous impact on our transport system. Public transport capacity is likely to be restricted for some time to come. Private car volumes are currently at 74% of pre-COVID numbers with little extra capacity for people to transfer from public transport to using private cars.”
“Active Mobility is being encouraged including walking or cycling for those capable who are within 5km of their destination and cycling for those capable who are within 10km of their destination, thereby leaving the capacity on public transport and on the road network for those who have no alternative. It is within this context that the scheme is proposed to provide a safe alternative for those cycling to work and school as well as providing an attractive recreational facility,” it said.
It added: “Previous schemes have examined the provision of improved cycle facilities in this location while also maintaining 2 way traffic. Doing this in an environmentally sensitive location is extremely challenging.”
Here’s the first images and we’ll have further updates later this evening: