The new Clontarf to City Centre cycle route design has been warmly welcomed by the Dublin Cycling Campaign, who describe it as 'exemplary' and 'matching up to cycling design standards seen in pioneering countries, such as Denmark and the Netherlands.'
The Roughan & O’Donovan-AECOM design features a one-way, kerb-protected, two-metre wide cycle track on each side of the road to keep cyclists completely segregated from motor traffic. It uses bus stop islands to keep cyclists and buses apart at bus stops and provides for the Dutch-style segregation of cyclists at major junctions.
The design will see new pedestrian crossings along the route, together with significant upgrades to the public realm, including a new esplanade for cyclists, joggers and walkers in Fairview Park.
Roughan & O’Donovan’s Eoin O’Catháin said the main challenge for the design team lay in balancing the needs of the road corridor with those of the local community:
By working closely with Dublin City Council and CSR Landscape Architects, we achieved a scheme that will re-establish the connection between the Fairview/Marino residents and their park to the east while addressing the planning conditions for segregation between road users.
Roughan & O’Donovan will now progress the detailed design of the scheme, and it is hoped that construction will begin in 2019.