Three new quick-build cycle route aim to help children cycle to school across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Three new quick-build cycle route to help children cycle to school are planned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council across its area, the council has said today.

The three routes will be formed by using a combination of existing greenways and cycle paths and connecting such using a mix of quick-build cycle paths, quiet residential streets, and junction changes.

The route are expected to be built quickly after four weeks of consultation. The main build time is supposed to take around two months followed by on-going consultation.

The council describes the routes as follows:

  • “The Sea to Mountains route will link east to west across the County. Starting at Blackrock Dart Station, crossing the N11 to Deerpark. It will then continue south linking to the Sandyford Cycle Route and Kilmacud Luas Stop and on to the Slang River Greenway and Wicklow Way.”
  • “The Park to Park route will link north to south across the county. Starting at the coast at Blackrock Dart Station then joining to the existing pathways in Rockfield Park. From there it will continue south along Deansgrange Road linking to the Loughlinstown to Deansgrange Greenway and ending by linking south to the coast.“
  • ”The Mountains to Metals route will link east west across the county. Starting at the Sandyford Cycle Route, linking to the Sea to Mountains Route, the route also links up to the Park to Park route, north through residential areas and new developments and on to the Metals.

“These routes are very welcome at a time when we are seeing more and more families choosing to cycle to school. The council are showing ambition in the use of quiet streets, two-way cycle lanes and protected junctions,” said Oisín O’Connor, spokesperson for DLR Cycling, a branch of the Dublin Cycling Campaign.

He said: “We’re also impressed with the council seeking the views of the general public, especially their invitation to schoolchildren to have their say. The demographics of the input into these decisions should reflect all of society, not just those with the right to vote or in local positions of influence.

“We will certainly be making detailed submissions in support of most aspects of the plan as well as encouraging local people to do the same. We will also be insisting that the council address other key gaps in the network, in particular in Booterstown and in the more rural parts of the county such as Kiltiernan and Stepaside,” added O’Connor.

More details and how to give feedback can be found via these links:

https://twitter.com/dlrcc/status/1309507874004107268?s=21

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. The map is hard to read but the routes look to be a bit meandering. Great for hobby cycling but not so much if you need to get somewhere fast.

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