The plan envisages a 5-fold increase in cycle lanes for the greater Dublin area.
Seamus MacGearailt

Seamus MacGearailt

Director
Client
The National Transport Agency
JV Partner
AECOM

Summary

Roughan & O’Donovan-Aecom's strategic cycle network plan for the greater Dublin area (GDA) identified cycle routes within 7 local authority regions that would, over a 10-year period, provide the best return on investment.

  • The most comprehensive study of cycling needs ever carried out in Ireland.

    Gerry Murphy

    Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority (2009-2015)

Solution

The plan proposes to increase the provision of on and off road cycle paths from 500km to 2,840km in the 4 Dublin local authorities, as well as in counties Kildare, Wicklow and Meath.

Our study covered 7,000km² of territory and involved:

  • Mapping existing cycling facilities
  • Assessing the quality of service
  • Reviewing the strategic planning concept
  • Evaluating cycle-trip demand - both now and in the future

The plan sets a target of increasing numbers cycling each morning to 75,000 by 2021.

Challenges

  • Apportionment of road space on high priority transport corridors where competing demands from buses and cars exist
  • Identification of appropriate, alternative, parallel routes offering a more pleasant environment for cyclists