Two lane cycle way in Sandymount delayed after 2,500 submissions

by Gary Ibbotson

A planned two lane cycle way for a busy road in Sandymount has been postponed after thousands of local residents submitted observations to the proposals.

The cycle route, originally proposed for the Sandymount sea front, would have reduced traffic to one lane going southbound on a six month trial.

However, after Dublin City Council received 2,500 submissions, with many in favour of the project, and others calling on the plans to be scrapped, the local authority decided to delay the development of the project until January 2021.

It is understood that a large number of the submissions complained that car traffic would increase drastically onto already busy residential streets.

In response to the submissions, DCC has said the proposal will be reviewed and further “traffic modelling will take place before another round of public consultation.”

Similar to the Dun Laoghaire-Blackrock cycle way, the proposed route in Sandymount formed part of Covid-19 measures to encourage more cycling and walking in the area.

Those plans were rebuked, however, as residents in Sandymount feared northbound traffic crossing the East Link bridge would be forced to travel through the village and smaller residential streets, creating more congestion.

Dublin Cycling Campaign spokesperson Kevin Baker said they are “very disappointed” with the delay.

Baker said that Dublin city is dealing with Covid-19 and climate change, and that more rapid actions are needed.

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