Coastal cycleway will safeguard public says council

by Gary Ibbotson

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council says its coastal cycleway between Blackrock and Sandycove is aimed at facilitating a shift to walking and cycling.

The 3.6km of temporary cycleway from Newtown Avenue to the Forty Foot requires a one-way system on Seapoint Avenue, Queen’s Road, Windsor Terrace and Marine Parade.

A council spokesperson said: “Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on our society. As we work towards reopening the county, we are presented with unprecedented challenges in terms of safeguarding public health and safety, ensuring safe and effective mobility and supporting the recovery of our local economy.

“DLR is working on getting the county reopened so that people can travel, work and go about their lives safely and with confidence as we emerge from this pandemic.”

The spokesperson said the cycleway was deemed necessary to safeguard pedestrians and cyclists, whose numbers have significantly increased in the wake of reduced public transport capacity as a result of the pandemic.

The spokesperson added: “While there was a need to act quickly in terms of the council’s Covid-19 response, significant efforts were made to engage with the public, businesses and residents, where this was possible.

“There have been challenges with the project and it is acknowledged that the project may be perceived as having some adverse impacts on the local community, but we continue to work with the wider community to address these issues.

“The adaptive design model used by the council allowed for ongoing engagement while works were being carried out and the project team have taken on board feedback and requests from the public, residents, community and sports groups and businesses and incorporated where possible.

“Regular engagement has also taken place with Councillors on plans and progress with the interventions on the coastal mobility route.”

The Covid-19 measures are, according to the council, temporary in nature and assessed on an ongoing basis by both the council and TU Dublin.

DLR has similar projects at an advanced stage of completion in Dundrum, Dalkey and Glasthule, as well as an extensive programme to enable safe and active travel for schools.

To this end, the Council recently launched an initiative to provide three new safe walking and cycling routes across the county and the public engagement element of the project started on 25 September and will continue until 23 October.

For further information please refer to the Council’s website, www.dlrcoco.ie.

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