Plan to make Dún Laoghaire’s Coastal Mobility Route permanent released

One of Dublin’s premier walking and cycling routes, the Coastal Mobility Route, is to be redesigned with long-term materials according to plans released this morning by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

One of the key changes include filling in the gap in the cycle route with a few two-way cycle path on Newtown Avenue, Crofton Road, Queens Road and Sandycove Avenue.

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The existing quick-build two-way cycle path and other elements is to be replaced with high-quality materials and pedestrian improvements will include 15 new raised pedestrian crossings, junction tightening and footpath improvements.

The council said that it is “planning to upgrade the Coastal Mobility Route (CMR) from a temporary design to a high-quality permanent scheme. The CMR consists of a 4.5 km cycle route along the coastline from Blackrock to Sandycove, 3.6 km of which is a two-way fully segregated cycle lane.”

“Building on this infrastructure implemented during the COVID restrictions of the summer of 2020, the proposed scheme will improve the finish, connectivity, accessibility, and safety of the route. It will make it easier and safer to walk and cycle along the coast and will create enhanced public spaces for rest and recreation,” the council said.

The council referred to an evaluation of the route by TU Dublin which found the project “has been an effective addition for the people of Dún Laoghaire and Dublin” and that it has “largely been welcomed by the adjacent business community”. The council said that its new designs take account of the feedback in the research by TU Dublin.

The council also said that there will be better cycling connections between Blackrock, Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove “complementing plans for Living Streets Dun Laoghaire where a reduced traffic environment will be created”.

The plans also include a change in motor traffic direction on Windsor Terrace “to allow people to drive northbound along the coast from Glasthule all the way to Blackrock.”

Public consultation is open until August 11 — it includes an online survey, public information webinars from 7-8 pm on July 12 (register) or July 18 (register), by email to with the subject line ‘Living Streets CMR’ or via the DLRCC Public Consultation Hub.  

Photomontages and architectural drawings:

A sample of the key changes:

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  1. They’ll need to do a lot more rethinking in the Sandycove harbour area. The footpaths are so narrow there pedestrians will continue to walk on the cycle lane- I can’t see that working as a two way cycle lane- and the area will still be jammed with parked cars at the harbour- as they allow cars drive all the way around by the Martello tower. The bike parking is just taking up pedestrian and seating space. They need to go to these areas when it is busy and plan- not in their typical 3d sparse visualisations.
    I love how they continue to ignore how to join up with Blackrock Park – that dumb lane at the Dart station seems never to be going away.


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