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COAST: Clontarf Promenade

COAST: Clontarf Promenade

COAST: Clontarf Promenade

SPEEDING cyclists on the Clontarf Promenade are to be targeted by new measures aimed at slowing them down.

Dublin City Council is to bring forward proposals to impose speed regulation measures on the popular walk and cycleway.

The local authority said it would be the first time such regulations were introduced in Ireland.

In a report, Dublin City Council executive engineer Christopher Manzira noted the local authority's roads and traffic department "will be developing proposals for speed regulation along the Clontarf Promenade".

He added: "There are no existing speed regulation measures for cyclists in Ireland at the moment. It is intended that Dublin City Council will need to secure funding for the measures from the National Transport Authority."

Mr Manzira said any proposal will require the sanction of the NTA.

"Taking account of the research and approvals required, the roads and traffic department will endeavour to have a report on possible measures prepared in time for the December (north central) area meeting," he stated.

Whether a speed limit is being considered or if the council intends installing traffic calming measures is unclear at this stage.

DIFFICULT

Fianna Fail councillor Deirdre Heney, who uses the promenade regularly, said she "wouldn't be against" speed restrictions but questioned how they would be enforced.

"I think it's very difficult to enforce something like that. Gardai are very under-resourced at the moment so who is going to enforce it? But I wouldn't be against asking cyclists to slow down," she told the Herald.

"There is an issue there for pedestrian safety. I've seen it and I've experienced it a couple of times. You have to be very careful there," Ms Heney added.

She pointed out people are inclined to forget about the danger of being hit by a cyclist when walking on the promenade.

Ms Heney said she does not know of any data showing the number of accidents on the coastal route involving bike users and pedestrians.

"Cyclists need to be aware of pedestrians. A good way to prevent anybody being injured would be to make it obvious there are cyclists coming at you," she added.

Last July, a 16kph rush hour limit for cyclists was demanded in Britain when a woman was thrown from her bike and left unconscious by another cyclist.

comurphy@herald.ie


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