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Traffic changes for Dublin quays as Liffey Cycle Route trial begins

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Tracks will run along the quays

Tracks will run along the quays

Tracks will run along the quays

Dublin's quays are to be transformed for safer cycling, 10 years after the idea was first announced.

A plan has been drawn up that will gradually introduce traffic restrictions and safety features so the new Liffey Cycle Route will be in operation by August.

Councillors will be asked to approve the plan at next Monday's monthly meeting.

Under the plan, a dedicated cycle track will be created on both sides of the Liffey running the length of the quays.

Some sections will have to be shared with buses, but for the most part new road markings, bollards and changes to traffic signalling should make it easier and safer for cycling.

It will mean changes for other road users too.

Buses will continue to have priority over other traffic and pedestrians must not be impeded, but that will mean a squeeze on cars, vans and lorries.

"Parking, loading bays and taxi ranks may be removed as part of the trial," the plan warns.

Cycling groups welcomed the move.

Last month, more than 250 cyclists attended the latest in a series of protests in the city demanding action on their safety.

A petition in support of a trial route attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

Hazardous

Kevin Baker, of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, called on councillors to accept the recommendations.

"The trial isn't perfect, but it will better protect the thousands of people who cycle along the quays every day," he said.

"The Liffey quays is a hazardous environment for people on bikes, and this results in fewer people choosing to cycle there.

"This trial will reduce pressure on public transport on the quays by providing more bus lanes and giving more people the option to cycle from Heuston into the city centre."

Ciaran Ferrie, of I Bike Dublin, said the proposed alterations for the trial did not go far enough as cars would still have much of their current access, but he said it was a start and he hoped councillors would support it.

A dedicated cycle route along the quays, linking Heuston Station to the Point Village, was first proposed in 2011. It has repeatedly run into design problems, traffic management issues and opposition from businesses concerned about loss of parking and footfall.

The trial is intended to iron out any difficulties while preparations continue for a permanent route in 2024.


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