Roebuck Road — the first public road to the south west around the University College Dublin campus — is expected to soon get bollard protection on more of its cycle lanes and safety-focused narrowing of side-street junctions.
The works by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will be part of road resurfacing on the Roebuck Road between Fosters Avenue and Goatstown Road. The work is due to start in August.
The road has had an illegal parking issue for some time, and I Bike Dublin, a campaign group, held a cycle lane protected protest on Roebuck Road in 2019. Bollards were added to part of the road last year:
— Petrichor (@Sinabhfuil) October 19, 2019
Cllr Eva Dowling (Greens) said: “Roebuck Road has needed resurfacing and cycling infrastructure improvements for well over a decade at this stage, so the proposed works are very welcome.”
“One of the biggest frustrations for local residents has been how unsafe the road is for walking and cycling. Illegal parking along the footpath has blocked the way for pedestrians and made cycling along the road both unattractive and unsafe for the many people who have Roebuck Road on their commute,” she said.
Cllr Dowling said: “The introduction of some bollards outside St Kilian’s German School last year, have been seen locally as a great success, making that part of the road much safer for pedestrians and cyclists. I have been contacted by many residents who would like to see this scheme extended the full length of the road and have been working with Council officials to make this happen.”
“The proposed works will narrow the opening of some junctions along the road. This will halve the distance that pedestrians need to cross at these junctions, going a long way to make Roebuck Road safer for all residents in the area,” she added.
The beautiful, wide, well painted cycle lane on Roebuck Road this morning – why don't entitled cyclists use it? @dlrcycling @DublinCommuters @IBIKEDublin @dublincycling @Cyclistie @StKiliansDS pic.twitter.com/UbGgqGsRNQ
— Peter Branigan (@PeterBranigan) September 28, 2019