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06th Jun 2018

PICS: Plans For Controversial Fairview Cycle Route Have Been Revealed

Darragh Berry

The revised cycling route through Fairview is finally taking some shape, although it could be another year before we see any progress on works. 

The route will run alongside the seafront on Clontarf Road but came under attack last summer when a campaign to save 60 trees from being cut down to make a path for the route was launched. 

However, a new designed from Dublin City Council means that the route has been changed. 

It looks like cyclists will be separated from traffic on each side of the road, keeping them apart from buses on the same route. 

Fine Gael Cllr for Dublin Bay North and former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Naoise Ó Muirí, who is also an engineer, shared the plans on Twitter.

On its website, The Dublin Cycling Campaign stated that they were delighted with the new plans. 

“[We] lobbied intensively for these conditions to be adopted, as the previous design would have led to cyclists interacting with buses at most of the bus stops along the route. 

“The previous design also offered no protection for cyclists at major junctions, which include notoriously hostile intersections at Portland Row, Malahide Road, and Howth Road.”

“Dublin Cycling Campaign is extremely satisfied with the revised design of the project. Along with the excellent cycle route, we are also delighted to see improved pedestrian facilities and proposed upgrades to the public realm along the entire route.”

“Pedestrians will benefit greatly from the revised design too. There will be new pedestrian crossings along the route, especially in Fairview where there are currently long stretches without any means of crossing the road on foot. 

“The junctions at minor roads will also be redesigned to give continuity to cycle tracks and pavements, reminding drivers going into or out of the minor streets to yield right of way to pedestrians and cyclists. 

“The bus stop islands will also make life easier for pedestrians, meaning they won’t have to navigate through crowds of people blocking the footpath at bus stops.” 

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