Ambition for increased regional 2,840km cycle network is to carry as many commuters as now take the bus – a three-fold increase.
The National Transport Authority has today (April, 10) published its Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan, which sets out a ten year strategy for Counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.
The cycle network outlined in the Plan will treble the existing network in urban areas from 500km to 1,485km in length, and will provide over 1,300 kilometres of new connections between towns in the rural areas of the Greater Dublin Area. In all, a network of 2,840 kilometres is envisaged compared to today’s 500 kilometres. The planned network, which consists of primary and secondary routes as well as Greenway routes (through parks, along waterways etc.), comprises a mix of cycle tracks and lanes, cycleways and infrastructure-free cycle routes in low traffic environments.
The urban network is intended to attract new cyclists, as well as catering for the increasing numbers of existing city-cyclists. In this regard, the network will be designed to the appropriate quality, with the busiest routes and sections having the highest quality of service. In some cases, this will involve re-visiting and upgrading the current provision for cyclists to a higher quality.
The network incorporates existing cycle routes such as the Grand Canal Cycle Scheme, but also proposes significant new routes, such as the off-road Dodder Route, connecting Tallaght to the South City Centre Business District.
For full information see the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan.