Dublin City Cycling Development

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The continued delivery of an efficient, integrated and coherent transport network is a critical component of the Dublin City Development Plan (2016-2022).  The strategy makes optimum use of existing and proposed transport infrastructure, and Dublin City Council works with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and relevant transport agencies to deliver key projects. 

A crucial factor in the discussion of movement and transport is the challenge of tackling climate change.  Transportation has an important contribution to make towards achieving a sustainable city.  The Council uses its powers to manage transport related spaces in the city so as to reduce transport-related emissions in the city area by at least 3% per year over the lifetime of the plan.  Less dependency on the private car for routine trips and replacement with public transport, walking and cycling will result in a reduction in consumption of non-renewable resources and CO2 emissions, helping to meet national emission reduction targets, positively impact the economy and physical and mental wellbeing.

Mobility Management seeks to encourage as much travel as possible by sustainable means such as public transport, walking and cycling.  Changing the mode share of commuters towards sustainable options is a key requirement.  In accordance with the National Transport Authority strategy, a hierarchy of transport users is supported, with pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users at the top of the hierarchy, having their needs considered first in the planning of transport provision.  At a strategic level, this involves locating development in the most accessible locations while at a more detailed level, it means designing new areas and developments in a way that minimised the need to travel from the outset and reduces the demand for car use.  Engagement and collaboration with communities, schools and workplaces can greatly help achieve modal shift.

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Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly form of transport that can improve the health and wellbeing of citizens.  The National Cycle Planning Policy Framework 2009-2020 sets out a range of objectives and requires that cycle-friendly principles are incorporated into plans.  In addition, the National Transport Authority’s Cycle Network Plan sets out a series of planned routes in detailed maps.

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Dublin City Council is committed to making cycling safer and more accessible for all citizens. Dublin has adopted a vision led integrated approach to increase cycling which involves planning for cyclists in the design of our city from a strategic to site level.  Incremental improvements to strategic cycleways have much improved the cycling environment and further enhancements are planned.

Since the publication of the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan in 2013, Dublin City Council has been planning the delivery of a number of high quality, segregated cycle routes.  In that time, 2km of the S2S, 3.4km of the Tolka Valley Greenway, 0.4km of the Dodder Greenway and 0.7km of the Liffey Cycle Route (City Quay) have been completed.  A further 60km are under various stages of development with the second phase of the 7km Royal Canal Greenway already under construction.  Dublin City Council is committed to delivering a network of cycling routes comprising in total of approximately 270km of high quality primary secondary and greenway routes.