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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mandatory car-free days come to capital

Oisin Quinn
Oisin Quinn
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

PLANS for a Dublin city centre car-free day -- similar to those staged in many European cities -- will be rolled out next spring.

Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn revealed that the capital will be a no-go zone for drivers on one Sunday a month.

City centre streets will be closed to traffic from 11am to 5pm in the plan which aims to increase footfall in shops and encourage people to use the capital as a pedestrianised area.

"It's being launched on one Sunday a month and if it's successful it'll be extended," said Mr Quinn.

He pointed out that it was not a move designed to frustrate drivers but rather to encourage people to enjoy the city centre as a recreational space.

And, the city bike scheme is set to triple with 1,500 bikes.

AA Roadwatch's Conor Faughnan isn't too keen on the idea and he sees the "primary motivation" as an anti-car one.

Irish Independent

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