Motorists who are just driving through the city centre should be pushed out to make space public space, walking, cycling and public transport, according to campaign group Dublin Commuter Coalition.
The launch of the group’s “Destination Dublin” proposal comes ahead of a highly anticipated updating of the City Centre Transport Plan, which is expected to be outlined by Dublin City Council within the next two weeks.
The group said that the council should follow cities like Ghent and Oslo which pushed through car traffic out of the city centre while still allowing car access — see the StreetFilm videos below.
“Our plan is inspired by traffic systems like those in Ghent and Oslo, cities which have large pedestrian-friendly zones in their core with vehicles directed around the city. This makes the city centre quieter, cleaner, easier to navigate and a more pleasant place to be,” said Feljin Jose, chairperson of Dublin Commuter Coalition, a sustainable transport campaign group.
Jason Cullen, a committee member of Dublin Commuter Coalition, said: “Our approach to Dublin’s central core needs to change from a place we send traffic through, to a place people travel to. By stopping private vehicle access crossing the Quays, we could create a much more attractive city centre full of pedestrian streets, public plazas and open air markets.”
“It would create a significant improvement to our air quality and noise levels making Dublin’s Core streets a much nicer place to visit, work, shop, live and spend time in,” he said.
Cullen added: “We need an ambitious plan for Dublin, and a commitment from our public representatives to see it completed if we are to stand any chance of reaching our climate reduction targets.”
More details of the group’s suggestions can be found at Dublincommuters.ie.