Development of the City Cycle Network

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Image of cycle lane at Samuel Beckett Bridge Dublin

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.

Cycle Schemes

Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal runs from Dublin to Longford, a total of 146 kilometres.  The Dublin city section of the route when complete, will provide a high quality walking and cycling route of over 7km linking Ashtown to the North Quays at the Samuel Beckett Bridge.  The Royal Canal Greenway is part of the National Cycle Network.

Map of Royal Canal Greenway

Current status:

  • Phase 1: Guild St. to Upper Sheriff St., 0.5 Km – Completed in 2009. 
  • Phase 2: Upper Sheriff St. to North Strand, 0.7km – Scheduled completion, April 2020
  • Phase 3: North Strand to Phibsboro 2.1km. Contractor procurement to commence in quarter 3, 2020 with completion scheduled for quarter 3, 2021.
  • Phase 4: Cross Guns Bridge, Phibsboro to Longford Bridge, Ashtown: 4.3Km.  Design for works involving the completion of the Broome Bridge bus & cycle contra-flow is scheduled for completion at the end of June 2019.  The construction of these works is anticipated for quarter 4, 2019.  Detailed design on the towpath mainline started in quarter 2, 2019 with contractor procurement anticipated to start in quarter 3, 2019.  Option selection for the Maynooth railway line underpass is ongoing.

Image of Phase 3, Binns Bridge to Cross Guns Bridge

Grand Canal Greenway

The Grand Canal runs from Dublin to Offaly– a total of 117 kilometres.  The section of the Grand Canal within the Dublin City Council Administrative Area runs between Blackhorse Bridge at the Naas Road through Drimnagh, Dolphins Barn, Harold’s Cross, Portobello, Ranelagh and into the Grand Canal Docks.  The Grand Canal Greenway is part of the National Cycle Network.

The first Dublin section of the Grand Canal Greenway, 3.6km, between Portobello and Grand Canal Docks was officially opened in March 2012. Dublin City Council has made considerable progress in developing the preliminary design of the 4km section between Blackhorse Bridge and Portobello.  The project interacts with other strategic infrastructure projects and will be proceeding to public consultation on completion of its integration with the proposed core bus corridor projects.

Dodder Greenway

Image of Dodder Greenway cycle laneThe Dodder Greenway project will provide a high quality walking and cycling route along the River Dodder as it meanders over 28 kilometres from its source in the Dublin Mountains at Bohernabreena to the mouth of the River Liffey.  Three local authorities DCC, DLRCC and SDCC are cooperating to construct the greenway with Dublin City Council developing the downstream section of the route between Orwell Park and the mouth of the River Liffey, which is approximately 7.5 kilometres in length.  The selection of an emerging preferred route was completed in quarter 2, 2019.  Preliminary design will commence in quarter 3, 2019 with statutory public consultation scheduled to commence in quarter 3, 2020.

Tolka Valley Cycle Route

Image of Tolka Valley Cycle RouteThe re-development of Tolka Valley Park included a 3.4 km off-road cycle route from Finglas Road to River Road/Ashtown Road Junction. The cycleway required extensive site preparation and re-grading, the construction of two bridges, public lighting, road crossings and five new entrances. The development of the Park and cycle route linked together new communities with established neighbourhoods on the opposite side of the river to promote social inclusion and improve access to areas of employment and commuter railways.  A further 0.4km of the greenway, traversing through Fairview Park will be constructed in 2020. 

East Coast Trail

The East Coast Trail, identified at the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) in the National Cycle policy Framework, extends from Arklow in the south to Drogheda in the north. Dublin City Council has responsibility for 14 kilometres of the Trail from the Merrion Gates, Sandymount in the south to the junction of Clontarf Road/Kilbarrack Road in the north.  Extensive works were completed on 2 kilometres of the route in 2017 as part of the Dollymount Promenade & Flood Protection.  Dublin Bay is a Special Areas Conservation & Special Protection Areas under the EU Habitats & Birds directives.

Image of East Coast Trail

The remaining sections, both north and south of the Liffey, are in the concept development phase.

The Liffey Cycle Route

Image of the Liffey Cycle RouteThe Liffey Cycle Route is an important objective of Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.  Non-statutory public consultation on the scheme was conducted in May and June 2019.  The procurement of an engineering design service provider to develop a design for statutory planning will commence in quarter 3, 2019.

Clontarf to City Centre

The 2.7km Clontarf to City Centre scheme will be the first scheme that integrates high quality cycle tracks and continuous bus priority along the same corridor in Dublin City.  The detailed design of the scheme is scheduled for completion in quarter 1, 2019 and is scheduled for completion in quarter 4, 2019.

Clonskeagh to City Centre

The proposed Sandyford (Clonskeagh) to City Centre Cycle Route is 9km long. This route aims to be a family friendly route which also caters for commuter cyclists. The scheme splits into two routes when it reaches the City Centre, one going through the Grafton Street Quarter and the other through Camden Street to Dame Street.  The option selection and concept design are scheduled for completion in quarter 3, 2019.

Fitzwilliam Cycle Route

The proposed Fitzwilliam Cycle Route scheme comprises of a 1km parking-protected cycle route on both sides of the road extending from Leeson Street to Mount Street Lower along Fitzwilliam Place, Fitzwilliam Street and Merrion Square East. The scheme will also include improved pedestrian facilities; and, critically, the upgrade and redesign of the junctions along the route to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.  Construction is scheduled to commence in quarter 4, 2019.

Image of Fitzwilliam Cycle Route

Contra-flow cycle lanes

Contra-flow cycle lanes allow cyclists to go in either direction of the flow of traffic sharing the same road space with vehicles going in one direction only.

There are a number of existing contra-flow cycle lanes in the city, the most prominent being the ones on Andrews Lane and Ryders Row/Capel Street. Both these contraflows have been protected by orcas and flexible wands in recent times.

Dublin City Council is currently installing a contra-flow cycle lane on Lombard Street East which will link Pearse Street with the new South Campshires cycle way. In addition future contra-flows are planned for Moss Street, Drury Street and William Street South. 

Development of the city cycle network

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.

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