Quick-build cycle lanes planned for Dublin’s South Circular

Dublin City Council is planning to install quick-build bollard-protected cycle lanes on the South Circular in Dublin.

The route is planned between Conyngham Road and Bulfin Road.

The council said: “Dublin City Council in conjunction with the National Transport Authority are proposing to improve cycle facilities along South Circular Road to provide a safe cycle route between Conyngham Road and Bulfin Road.”

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It added: “The main aim of this scheme is to provide protected, safe and continuous cycling for all ages and abilities along this route.” However, this claim is not compatible with segregation at bus stops and retaining of some slip turns.

The council said that it has aimed for cycle lane widths of 2 metres where possible, but the project also continues the trend of having sub-standard widths of 1.5 metre cycle lanes beside some general traffic lanes wider than the width of 3 metres recommended in the National Cycle Manual.

Consultation starts today and runs until July 15 as part of phase 1 of the project. Further details and all the drawings can be found on the council’s website.

Kevin Baker, chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, said: “It is great to see the council and the NTA talking about making cycling safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. While this project is a great step in the right direction it falls short of being safe and comfortable for all. We look forward to engaging with the council to truly make this a cycle route for everyone.”

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