— 56% in public consultation favour Sandymount trial, only 27% clearly objected.
— Plans progressing to link Sandymount route to city centre and Blackrock.
Under COVID-19 mobility measures Dublin’s southside is soon to have a continuous cycle route from Sandycove to close to the city centre via Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock and Sandymount.
The COVID-19 mobility measures are set out to offer walking and cycling as an alternative to public transport in the city while the pandemic is on-going. As part of the measures, quick-build cycle routes are mostly built with temporary fixtures such as plastic bollards.
Dublin City Council said yesterday that it intends to trial a two-way cycle path on Strand Road in Sandymount, the trial includes making the road one-way and it will take about 10 weeks before the project will be ready.
A Dublin City Council report on the consultation for the trial said: “Having assessed all the submissions, 56% were found to be strongly in favour of proceeding with trial, 17% had some concerns about the trial but did not state if they were in favour or opposed to the trial and 27% objected to a trial. However it should be noted that DCC did not directly ask the public to either approve or disapprove of the scheme.”
Despite 56% of the 2,922 submissions received by Dublin City Council being supportive of the project and only 27% clear objections, negative media attention has already started with RTE reporting “Sandymount cycle lane to go ahead despite opposition“.
Dublin City Council said in its report that it will “carefully monitor the impact of the scheme both on Strand Road and on the wider area” including looking at the “safety of all road users in the trial area”, “traffic volumes with the trial area”, how people cycling use the route, noise and environmental data, and feedback raised during the trial period.
Trying to address issues raised, the council said it would monitor traffic, that traffic calming will be looked at in response to issues and it said that the M50 is a more suitable route to access the airport.
On fears of extra traffic in Sandymount village, the council’s report said: “Sandymount Green will have two pedestrian crossings installed over the next 4- 6 weeks which will provide safe crossings points for all users as well as regulate traffic speeds. A Traffic camera added so as to allow the DCC control to carefully monitor traffic in the Village area. In addition this location will have traffic count equipment fitted to the pedestrian crossings in order to allow monitoring in real time of traffic volumes.”
On possible extra traffic on Serpentine Avenue and Tritonville Avenue, the council said: “It is proposed to undertake speed measurements in the area to determine if and where speed warning signs should be installed and also suitable locations for additional traffic calming measures will be identified if during the course of the trial it is found they are needed.”
The city council is now looking also looking to connect the cycle route south toward Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s costal mobility route and north towards the city centre.
Draft drawings for the route on the Merrion Road between the Merrion Gates and the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown boundary can be viewed below and the council said that this design will soon be on its consultation hub. While new cycle lanes are planned on the Sean Moore Road in Ringsend.
The city council said that work will begin on the, separately planned, new pedestrian crossings in Sandymount Village.
The council thinks it will take 8-10 weeks to get the area ready for the trail, including new pedestrian crossings; ducting and island changes at the Merrion Gates; extra traffic counts; and changes to the mini-roundabouts along the Strand Road.
- Final Report on the public consultation on the Strand Road Cycle Track trial
- Final Strand Road Trial Traffic and Modelling presentation
- Draft design for route from Merrion Gates to the DLRCC boundary