An interim version of the delayed Fitzwilliam cycle route is in the process of being installed by Dublin City Council. The project is funded by the Department of Transport via the National Transport Authority.
Despite the design being bog standard internationally, the parking-protected aspect of the project is still seen as controversial by some local councillors and a local residents association.
Having a cycle lane or path inside parked is used limitedly in Dublin to date, but a section has been used between Smithfield and Stoneybatter for decades and is more widely used in Cork. But a parking protected lane was installed on Lombard Street over a year ago, and, since then, on Bridgefoot Street and Parkgate Street.
The Fitzwilliam route — which is just 1km long — underwent 20 different public and stakeholder engagements. At one public meeting, an attendee accused a councillor of being a “racist” because the cycle route which he first proposed was for foreigners and for tourists, not residents.
As part of an on-going investigation by this website on the delays to cycle routes in Dublin, Dublin City Council in June told this website: “Fitzwilliam Cycle Route: The issuing of construction tender documents has been deferred to December 2020. This is a result of problems encountered in the detailed design of the drainage system. This means that the permanent scheme will not be completed before Q4 2021. In the meantime, DCC will implement interim measures along the route in order to improve safety for cyclists.”
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) October 15, 2020
So impressed how the temporary Fitzwilliam Street protected cycle lane was installed overnight. How many years have we been waiting for this to happen, 3/4 years? There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen #FitzwilliamStreet #Dublin pic.twitter.com/SLLFrfc1oc
— Stíofán (@SteMcL) October 15, 2020
On tonight’s late night cycle I saw the first major progress on the Interim FitzWilliam Cycle Route. It’s a parking protected route, that was approved in October 2018 but mired in delays. The interim route will be in place over the coming weeks. The full project next year. pic.twitter.com/EjmDetOIdY
— Kevin Baker (@__kbaker__) October 15, 2020