70% of fatal and serious collisions in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council involve pedestrians or cyclists, the council said when launching its Road Safety Plan, which it said has the aim of making roads a safer place for all road users.
The DLRCC area, between 2015 and 2020, had between 1-6 deaths on its roads and 37-51 serious injuries.
The council said that it has twenty-four actions in its Road Safety Plan for 2022-2030 under four Safe Systems Priority intervention areas — Safe Roads & Roadsides, Safe Speeds, Safe Road Use, and Safe and Healthy Modes of Travel.
The council’s actions are based on those in the Government Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which has an aim of reducing deaths and serious injuries on Irish roads by 50% by 2030.
The actions include consideration of the introduction of a 30km/h as a default speed limit in urban areas, implementation of low-cost safety schemes on the regional and local road network and building of segregated walking and cycling facilities.
Frank Curran, chief executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said: “We have made a lot of progress in the development of a sustainable transport network in the County in recent years to improve the walking and cycling network. However, collision data for the County shows that 70% of fatal and serious collisions in the County involve pedestrians and cyclists and so there is still a lot of work to do to create a safer network for all road users.”
He added: “While there has been progress in reducing fatal collisions at a local and national level in the last decade, there is a need for us to remain diligent and to build on the progress to date. Every death or serious injury is of immense regret, and we must strive to remain focused on improving the level of road safety in the County and in reducing collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists”.
Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Mary Hanafin (FF), said: “Collisions on our roads can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals, friends, families and communities but we all have to try to reduce collision numbers on our roads.”
She added: “I look forward to working closely with key agencies as part of our Road Safety Working Together Group in the coming years to help make our roads safer for all users.”