A new cycling access point has been officially opened into UCD from the Stillorgan Road today, after being open for use in recent weeks.
The project includes a mix of two-way cycle paths, shared paths at junctions and links to upgraded shared paths within the UCD campus
Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Labour) officially opened the route this morning.
She said: “I am delighted to open this scheme. The Stillorgan Road (UCD Access) Cycle Improvement Scheme will encourage, and make it safer for our citizens, and particularly the students of UCD, to walk and cycle. This scheme further highlights Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s commitment to promoting Active Travel across the County”.
The Stillorgan Road (UCD Access) Cycle Improvement Scheme is a two-way link from Foster Avenue to an upgraded walking and cycling entrance point to UCD, at the south-east corner of the campus beside the pedestrian bridge across the dual carriageway.
The council said the work was done in partnership with University College Dublin, and includes new walking and cycling entrance to the UCD campus, an upgrade of Stillorgan Rd/ Foster’s Ave Junction with new pedestrian and cycle crossing of the dual carriageway, and a two-way cycle path from the junction to the new entrance.
The paths within UCD have also been upgraded by the university, although these are still shared paths rather than segregated ones. So, it remains the case that’s there’s no substantial non-shared cycle path within an Irish university campus.
The council said the project also included an upgrade of Stillorgan Rd/The Rise junction “with dedicated cycle lane facilities and an upgrade of traffic signals”. This work included realigning a cycle path around the bus stop located between the Rise and Foster Ave — previously it included a narrower and sharper cycle path and upright kerb which proved problematic.
The council said that the work was 100% funding from the National Transport Authority.
The Stillorgan Road at UCD is commonly known as the N11, but along with most national roads within the M50 it was reclassed as a regional road (R138) outside UCD as it is no longer a national road north of Merrion Ave.
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