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New cycle paths proposed on four Dún Laoghaire roads

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has started Part 8 public consultation on new cycle paths and associated street redesign around Dún Laoghaire.

It is to include enlarged footpaths, and green areas with an incident play area.

The project — which will require approval from councillors — covers Kill Avenue (R830), Mounttown Road Lower (R829), Mounttown Road Upper (R829) and Glenageary Road Upper (R829).

The scheme will link with the planned DLRCC Connector Active Travel Scheme and the Tivoli Road/Mounttown Road Lower Junction Scheme.

The cycle routes planned as part of the project are more segregated than most cycle routes planned or recently developed in Ireland, on par with other schemes proposed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

The project makes strong use of two-way cycle paths along with some unidirectional cycle paths. In a route option assessment report, it is outlined that the alternative of greater use of unidirectional cycle paths would require land take and removal of more car parking.

The project also features protected junction designs which are similar to the UK’s CYCLOPS junction design, which is preferred by campaigns over the Dublin-style design used by Dublin City Council.

The CYCLOPS design includes keeping walking and cycling separate while having the crossings for walking and cycling operate at the same time and the interaction between pedestrians and people cycling unsignlised.

No cross-sections or measurements are shown on the project drawings, but the project’s written reports mention that the two-way cycle paths are 3 metres wide.

Some of the unidirectional cycle paths are below best practice at just 1.5 metres wide and there are some clear pinch-points in the two-way cycle paths. There are also some bus stops with little space between where passengers unload and the cycle paths, while some other bus stops use a shared area design.

A small section of shared path is also used at the end of a road along the route, the council said this is because of the narrowness of the road at this section.

The consultation is to run from Thursday, August 25 until Thursday, October 6, 2022. Submissions can be made via e-mail to info@dlrcoco.ie, marked ‘DLR Central’,  or via the DLRCC Public Consultation Hub, where the full drawings and reports can also be found.

Existing and photomontages of what’s planned:

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