DIT Grangegorman faces a car-free future
I went round the new campus for Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman last Thursday. It is stunning, with great views of the Dublin mountains, masses of open space and sympathetic restoration of the grand old buildings of the original hospital.
But what really struck me was that the site, which could eventually have 20,000 students, aims to be almost car free. There are hundreds of bike-racks, but there will be only 14 car parking spaces on the massive campus and most, if not all, of these will be for disabled drivers. It's a brave move, but should be aided by the new Luas Cross-City line, which will run along the edge of the campus, and the fact that the site is within walking distance of the city centre.
You get the feeling that the whole project has been really carefully thought out to be future-proof. I hope the cyclists of Grangegorman will have good manners and not be the boorish, pavement-hogging oafs who give others on two wheels a bad name. - CS