Getting around Dublin by bike means you don't have to worry about sticking to bus timetables or being restricted by parking meters. Whether you're just popping down to the shops to pick up some milk, commuting to work or cycling to get fit and help the environment, cycling gives you the freedom to be flexible and spontaneous.
Dublin joins the list of great cities to have its own bike sharing scheme, including Seville, Brussels, Vienna, Paris and many more.
Greenways in Dublin
The Canal Way Cycle Route opened in March 2012. The 3.6km route is mainly off-road and it links Portobello with Spencer Dock running past the Grand Canal. The scenic route passes Leeson St Bridge, Dublin’s Docklands and over the iconic Samuel Beckett Bridge.
As a cyclist, you won’t have share the route with motorists, pedestrians and other road users. This makes the Canal Way Cycle Route ideal for individual cyclists, families, groups and anyone who wishes to join Dublin’s growing cycling community. The route passes nine junctions where cyclists will have to interact with pedestrians and motor vehicles.
For information on how to use the junctions, a route map, to view a short video and for more information on the Canal Way Cycle Route see www.dublincitycycling.ie/canalway
The Canal Way Cycle Route was constructed by Dublin City Council with funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the Smarter Travel Initiative. The Canal Way Cycle Route is now used by well over 2,000 cyclists on a typical working day.
Planning permission was granted in May 2013 for a 2km section of the 22km Sutton to Sandycove coastal route. Dublin City Council is also working on the development of future Greenways along the Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Tolka Valley and the River Dodder.
In June 2013 Dublin City Council marked National Bike Week by launching the Tolka Valley Greenway. The Greenway is a 4km off-road cycling and walking route which links Glasnevin, Cabra, Finglas and Ashtown. It is part of a €4.1m, 18.2 hectare extension to Tolka Valley Park. It features wetlands, parklands and walkways and has almost doubled the size of Tolka Valley Park. To view a map of existing and proposed Greenways please click here
Dublin Cycling Stories
Dublin Cycling Stories is a series of short portraits of people who use bikes to get around Dublin. Made with support of Dublin Cycling Campaign and Dublin City Council. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb2PPzxUpFk&feature=youtu.be
Cycle Parking Facility on Drury Street
The facility offers indoor cycle parking to cyclists around shops, bars, restaurants and cafés, right in the heart of the city.
The cycle park is located on the ground floor of Drury Street Car Park. An entire floor of car parking spaces was removed to provide for cyclists. The facility is designed for short-term use so this means anyone from commuters, to tourists, to shoppers can use it.
The cycle parking area is under constant surveillance by CCTV and its completely free to the general public. The parking facility is open at the following times:
- Monday to Saturday: 7.30am to 1.00am
- Sunday: 11.00am to 7.00pm