— Route will help link a number of areas to a large number of schools and sports clubs.
Members of the public are being asked to support the planned Gracefield Road to Vernon Avenue Walking and Cycling Scheme from Artane to Clontarf, before the deadline of this Tuesday, July 4
A local city councillor, Donna Cooney (Green Party), told IrishCycle.com that there is a minority-level opposition locally to the project but that she had some concerns about the claims being made.
Some of the claims circulating which have been seen by this website include there being not enough demand when the Clontarf area has a relatively high level of cycling.
There are also claims the project will “severely affect residents” but it is unclear how this could be the case, and claims that the cycle paths won’t fit when there is space on the route.
The project mainly includes segregated cycle paths and side road junction narrowing to make crossing the road safer along a 2.5km stretch of the road.
The width of the cycle tracks with widths ranging from 1.5 to 2 metres. Dublin City Council claim the project is suitable for all ages and abilities but the project, while of a genal high level of segregation, is not segregated at junctions or bus stops.
The route will link different areas such as part of Coolock, Artane, Killester and Clontarf, and in doing so will help link to a large number of schools and sports clubs. These outline maps show the route in context (article continues below):
Cllr Cooney said: “I’ve been supporting this cycle route since I first proposed it in a motion passed at the North Central Area Committee in 2021. I will be making a submission myself seeking to extend the route to cover Seaflield Road East with four primary schools and GAA Club then to link up with the Clontarf Road cycle route along Castle Avenue.”
“Clontarf Residents Association sought feedback of these proposals before and got a large majority of support. Parents have been working to get safe routes to local schools and playing pitches for many years,” she said.
Cooney said: “This is a busy cycle route and will be even more so when children and less experienced people can cycle safely to school and the park and link up with the coast road and further the Howth Road cycleway. It will be transformative in increasing the number of people travelling by bicycle and reducing car journeys. Also in protecting pavements from illegal parking. There are some nice greening elements and there will be even more in the permanent cycleway.”
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People who want to comment can do so by emailing ActiveTravelOffice@dublincity.ie with ‘Gracefield Road to Vernon Avenue’ in the subject bar, or filling out the consultation form via the project page at consultation.dublincity.ie.
For clarity: This article has been updated with a map and a better description of the locations which the route will serve.