Dublin City Council is currently consulting the public on three interim walking and cycling projects planned for the city’s northside — the projects are of mixed quality, with protected cycle lanes with widths ranging from good to sub-standard.
One of the projects is of a generally high standard, while another even has a “cyclists dismount” area, and the third has no details of what the council plans to do around junctions.
The interim projects are planned ahead of longer-term redesigns of the streets and roads. The three projects are:
- Raheny to Kilbarrack Walking and Cycling Interim Scheme (January 26, 2023)
- Ratoath Road Walking and Cycling Interim Scheme (January 20, 2023)
- Kilbarrack Road to Oscar Traynor Road Walking and Cycling Interim Scheme (January 30, 2023)
This is in addition to the North Circular Road Walking and Cycling Interim Scheme (also closes January 20, 2023) and the revised Point Roundabout replacement project (consultation recently closed).
Raheny to Kilbarrack
The 1.75km Raheny to Kilbarrack scheme along the Howth Road connects to the S2S at its north end. It is of generally high quality for a quick-build scheme with unidirectional cycle tracks with a width which is mostly 2 metres wide in each direction.
It includes sections of parking-protected cycle tracks and it includes segregation at some bus stops.
But, at other bus stops, buses will drive across the cycle lane to reach the kerb, despite in some cases space being available for segregation just metres away from the location.
The 4.1km Ratoath Road — in Cabra, Ashtown and Finglas — is of much lower quality with a general sub-standard width of just 1.5 metres of unidirectional cycle tracks. The route contains both cycle lanes ending at mini-roundabouts where users have to mix with motorists, and also twists and turns on shared footpaths where walking and cycling are mixed.
It also includes a section where cyclists are expected to dismount and, unlike the other two projects it does not include narrowing the size and radii of large side road junctions and entrances to schools and other areas.
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Kilbarrack Road to Oscar Traynor Road
The cycle lanes on the planned Kilbarrack Road to Oscar Traynor Road project, in Kilbarrack and Coolock, are also of a sub-standard width.
The project has no segregation at bus stops and the published project drawings have no details of the planned junction treatments.