Motorists to yield road lanes in cycle plan
MOTORISTS could be reduced to using just one lane of some of the busiest roads in and out of Dublin under plans to build more than a dozen cycle routes across the city.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) also plans to give buses priority at 30 key junctions across the city which will speed up journey times, making public transport a more attractive option for commuters and which will result in longer journey times for motorists.
The move is part of meeting a Government target where 10pc of all trips will be made by bicycle by 2020, with a focus on reducing the number of people commuting to work by private car.
Dublin city manager Owen Keegan has said he wants more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
Among the priority schemes include one from Blanchardstown through Castleknock and the Phoenix Park, before continuing along the north quays past Heuston Station and onto the Docklands, which will eliminate one lane of traffic from the quays.
Others include a corridor running between Fairview, North Strand, Amiens Street and the Matt Talbot Bridge, and another between Sandyford, Clonskeagh, the UCD campus and Ranelagh, ending in the city centre.
The ambitious cycling network was first revealed in the Irish Independent last September when details of the NTA's Regional Cycle Network Plan were outlined.
A spokeswoman said the authority was finalising the development of a priority programme for the capital, which included 17 corridors, incorporating 58 individual schemes.
"In order to deliver the network in the most effective manner, the Authority intends to focus Sustainable Transport Measures Grants funding on these priority corridors and associated schemes," she said.
In the next four years, route options and detailed design would be completed, but she added: "The whole cycle network plan for the region is ambitious and will take at least a decade to deliver."
Some 5pc of all commuting trips are made by bicycle, a number which is increasing.