“We have to do” quays cycle route – senior Dublin engineer

Traffic on Wolfe Tone Quay, near Heuston Station

A high quality cycle route on the quays is “something we have to do” a senior engineer with Dublin City Council has said.

Under the title “Liffey Cycle Route” council has allocated €150,000 for “design and commencement of construction of a high quality East-West city centre cycle route linking the IFSC in the east with Heuston Station and the Phoenix Park in the west.”

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Cycle lane guidelines only adopted after major Dublin repairs

In the gutter: Lane widths across much of Dublin’s cycle lane network are now below guidelines set out in the National Cycle Manual, which says broken-lined cycle lanes used around much of Dublin City should “only to be used in exception circumstances.”

Design guidelines costing nearly €250,000 and aimed at making roads safer for cyclists were set aside on a technicality for resurfacing works to 24km of roads in Dublin.

Officials from the National Transport Authority (NTA) defended the disregarding of their own guidelines, the National Cycle Manual, while cycling campaigners called it “an appalling sign for the future.”

The manual was published at cyclemanual.ie early last year and was available to road authorities before this, but the NTA said the resurfacing — which cost €22 million — did not have to follow the manual because the “work predated the formal adoption” of the manual.

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Funding for Smarter Travel cycling projects

2610907483_8533156059_mThe Department of Transport has outlined a full list of demonstration Smarter Travel projects, which it will fund or part fund. The cycling-related projects in the Dublin area are listed below in bold.

A total of 121 applications were received and funding is being made available for 30 of these projects. The fund is €15m fund over 5 years, €3m of which will be made available to the successful projects in 2010, including the below projects.

The department says, “The Minister set up this fund to support innovative sustainable travel projects and kick start delivery of the Smarter Travel agenda at a local level.”

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