FCC: proposed protected cycle lanes to improve connection to Lusk & Blake’s Cross

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council is proposing to provide protected cycle lanes along both sides of the R132 from Blake’s Cross to Minister’s Road.

This section of road forms part of the larger cycling route identified in the Dublin Cycling network plans which is planned to be delivered through Fingal Active Travel over the coming years.

A spokesperson for FCC said: “Protected cycle lanes are separated from vehicles by cross hatched areas, concrete islands with flexible bollards, line marking and coloured surfaces.

“Cycle lanes make it safer for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bicycle. New cycle lanes will foster closer connections between Lusk and its surrounding area, making it safer to connect with public transport at the R132 for longer journeys into Swords, Dublin city and beyond.”

The council continued: “Whether you’re heading to school, to sport or to the shops, cycling is a free, healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel.

“Choosing to leave the car at home and use Active Travel can make a meaningful impact when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint and helping Ireland meet its climate action goals.

“The proposed works are in line with the vision for active and sustainable modes of travel that contribute to safer routes to school, better mental and physical health and a cleaner climate.

Chief Executive of FCC, AnneMarie Farrelly said, ‘This stretch from Blake’s Cross to Minister’s Road offers an ideal opportunity to add protected cycle lanes by repurposing the existing hard shoulder. With minimal disruption to the local community, a safe and useful link from Lusk to Corduff School, Blake’s Cross and onward can be delivered. “This is just one example of the wider work being undertaken across Fingal to make Active Travel a part of our daily lives.”

Breen Doris, Senior Engineer with FCC, says creating safe cycling infrastructure along this section of the R132 is just one piece of the bigger Active Travel picture in Fingal.

“Delivering Active Travel throughout the county is one of the council’s key priorities. To help make it an easy choice to hop on your bike or walk to school or the shops, we want to provide protected cycling routes.

“This link from Blake’s Cross to Minister’s Road will make it simpler for local people to choose Active Travel whether they are a seasoned cyclist or they haven’t been on a bike in years and would like to get back in the saddle. It will also make cycling much safer for children heading to Corduff School each day.”

FCC is asking everyone in the area to share what they think of the scheme before the consultation closes at midnight on Monday, 31 October. Comments can be submitted at https://consult.fingal.ie by individuals or organisations and all comments will be considered by the project team. A webinar will be held from noon to 1pm on Weds, 26 October. All welcome to join the meeting online, to meet the project team and hear their presentation. To register, see https://consult.fingal.ie

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