A section of the inbound Clontarf to City Centre cycle path of around 600 metres has been opened today, from around the junction with the Malahide road to just before the River Tolka at the Annesley Bridge.
Cycling at both ends of the newly opened section still requires mixing it up with buses, taxis and other motorists through the project’s work area. But it is the start of what is understood to be a rolling opening of the route as sections are largely finished.
Work is also still ongoing and that might involve further temporary closures of this section, for example, to allow for the road crossings to be installed.
Overall, work is more advanced on the inbound side of the project. But when IrishCycle.com visited the project yesterday there was also still significant work to be completed on the inbound side, including some active work in some large trenches.
Today, local councillor Donna Cooney (Greens) said: “So exciting to cycle for the first time today on a small section on Clontarf to City cycleway by Fairview park. A wonderful taste of what is to come by next spring.”
Dublin City Council has yet to confirm the final layout of crossings of the cycle path at bus stops — a draft plan includes traffic lights to be installed at these locations. There are traffic light pole sockets installed in the footpath surfaces to allow for the traffic lights to be installed at a later date without any further digging.
The draft plans also showed rumble strips and LED lighting embedded into the cycle path ahead of the crossings.
A number of rumble strips have been installed — note the movement of the bag which shows the vibration caused when crossing the rumble strips:
Note this was yesterday when the path wasn’t opened:
This temporary exit from the cycle path is before the River Tolka / Annesley Bridge (again photo taken yesterday):
Ok, here I go, I Hate to wreck everyone’s buzz on this but I cycled past this tiny stretch of cycle path yesterday and I can confirm that it is absolutely no better than the previous cycle path, perhaps even worse (narrower). So why did they have to chop down trees and cause such massive inconvenience for this? (I cycled past because the builders told me we cant cycle on it yet. It was blocked off at both ends).