Residents, businesses and councillors have signed a letter calling on Dublin City Council to use temporary measures to try out wider footpaths Queen Street and a two-way cycle track on Queen Street, George’s Lane and Mellows Bridge.
The possable intervention would link to existing measures on Grangegorman Lower and Bridgefoot Street, creating a safe cycle route from the North Circular Road at Cabra to Thomas Street / James St in The Liberties. The letter asks for “consultation and engagement” with the local community to happen soon.
The letter calling for action was spearheaded by local residents Luke McManus, Mike Banim, and Stephanie Dickenson, and was co-signed by 8 elected representatives, three residents associations and 12 local businesses.
Mike Banim said: “With better walking and cycling, more greenery and places to socialise, we think Queen St could be revitalised.”
With better walking and cycling, more greenery and places to socialise, we think Queen St could be revitalised: pic.twitter.com/AbZK5tGAyR
— Mike Banim (@MikeBanim) January 18, 2021
“Change for Queen St is already in the pipeline with BusConnects, but we’d like to see some temporary improvements in advance of that. We shouldn’t have to wait until 2023 for a liveable street, and testing now could provide valuable information that informs the permanent scheme,” he said.
The letter said: “Queen Street is one of the most densely populated streets in the north inner city. Yet it endures large amounts of car traffic, travelling at some of the highest speeds of any street in the area.”
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