The extension of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Coastal Mobility Route from Blackrock Park at Booterstown Dart Station to the boundary with Dublin City Council is nearly ready to open.
The new two-way cycle path on the coast side is not yet open, but IrishCycle.com took this sneak peek video last:
Here is a map showing the extension in context:
The shared footpath spaces are less than ideal and widely disliked by both pedestrians and cyclists. But the cross-over for people cycling towards the city centre, at the north end of the route, is a particularly unusual design:
The design of the ending at Dublin City side doesn't make much sense and I cannot see line marking helping with this enough… pic.twitter.com/7v8pT54DDT— IrishCycle.com (@IrishCycle) July 6, 2023
Here are some images of the cross-over area:
Google Street View images — taken before the works started and in June while the works were ongoing — show that the space for the two-way cycle path was mainly found by removing the in-bound cycle lane and secondarily removing the central island (except at the junction where you can see a narrowed island) and it seems some reducing widths of traffic lanes along some sections.
The removal of the existing cycle lane on the with-flow, inbound side of the road might be seen as a downgrade for some people cycling along the Blackrock Road without — it doesn’t make much sense for those people to divert to the two-way cycle path for just 450 metres.
At the same time, there isn’t really a continuous cycle lane on that side of the road before or after this section of the route — those cycling in the bus lanes etc are already braving it out on what many view as one of the worst roads for cycling so close to the city. Often along the road, the cycle lane is just pained within the bus lane.
Here’s a middle section of the project:
And at the junction at the Dart station:
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And from the other side of the street at the same junction: