Sandymount Strand Dublin 4.
Sandymount Strand Dublin 4.
The Strand Road cycle route has been blocked by the High Court. Strand Road is predicted to be below sea level by 2050. Environmental legislation is being used to block measures designed to prevent environmental disasters.https://t.co/gAQNe3hNYA
— Dublin Commuter Coalition (@DublinCommuters) July 30, 2021
Dublin Commuter Coalition’s Chairperson, Kevin Carter, said:
“This judgement has the potential to make delivery of cycling projects even more time consuming and difficult in the future. It’s imperative that we urgently reduce our dependence on cars if we are to meet the target of halving our emissions by 2030. Local authorities and state agencies are in the process of rapidly expanding cycling infrastructure using the €360m/year of funding allocated to walking and cycling projects by the government. We call on Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, to introduce legislative amendments to empower local authorities to use the funding urgently and efficiently as originally intended.”
Kristin Hadfield, a resident of Strand Road and member of Dublin Commuter Coalition said:
“I was looking forward to cycling to work, around Sandymount, to shops, etc., but simply do not feel comfortable to do so on non-segregated lanes, and I know many people in the area who feel the same. This is such a shame for Sandymount residents and, really, for active travel across Ireland.”
Kevin Baker, chairperson of Dublin Cycling Campaign said:
“We’re bitterly disappointed by this outcome. It is a lost opportunity to trial an amenity which would have enabled people of all ages and abilities to safely and comfortably cycle along the seafront on Strand Road.”
“We’ve seen a similar amenity in neighbouring Dún Laoghaire, the Coastal Mobility Route, become an overwhelming success over the past year. It has enabled more people to cycle and it has reinvigorated the coastal communities through which it passes, including Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire and Sandycove.”
“Strand Road is a vital missing link in a coastal cycle route around Dublin Bay. Dublin Cycling Campaign will continue to engage constructively with all stakeholders to find a safe and attractive cycling solution on Strand Road, which remains a hostile environment for anyone who wishes to cycle there.”
Dublin City Councillor Catherine Stocker, of the Social Democrats, said:
“The Social Democrats are strongly of the view that Dublin City Council needs to stay the course and appeal this decision. Strand Road is predicted to be below sea level by 2050. Opposition to measures that reduce carbon emissions is misguided and does a disservice to the local community.
“Moreover, this kind of safe, segregated infrastructure is vital to ensuring increased cycling uptake from women and children. The proportion of women who cycle in our city compared to men is only 27pc, according to the last census, and the numbers of children cycling to secondary school is now at only 2pc, according to information provided in recent months to the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee. Blocking the Strand Road cycle lane is a regressive move which ill serves our city.”
Britttas Bay, county Wicklow.
Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4.
Training for members of the Tallaght Rockets Volleyball Club, above from left: Marie Claire (Australia), Maria Simina (Romania), Julia B (Italy) and Chyanne Chandler (USA).
Dublin city centre.
Thanks Przemyslaw Zbieron
Sandymount, Dublin 4.
The Sandymount cycleway is now due to begin a trial on 15 January after an alternative plan put forward by residents was rejected by the National Transport Authority.
The trial proposed by Dublin City Council will involve a dedicated two-way cycleway on the road with general traffic confined to one lane outbound from the city centre.
Local residents concerned about traffic heading to the East Link Bridge being diverted through residential streets had proposed using the seaside footpath as the cycleway and cyclists would merge with traffic at bus stops.
However a briefing for councillors heard that the National Transport Authority had rejected the plan as the footpath is not wide enough.
It also stated that the proposal for cyclists to merge with traffic at bus stops by going around buses would pose a safety risk and force traffic to stop.
We looked at the alternatives offered by objectors to the Sandymount trial and Cllr @LaceyDermot told us he wanted professionals to do an evaluation and called us liars for outlining facts. NTA have said the alternatives are not viable and unsafe. This is a bad faith response: https://t.co/n0JQgceT8l
— IrishCycle.com (@IrishCycle) November 6, 2020
Never gonna be built, even trialled. Sandymount residents tried to meet DCC half way, but no good faith. Nobody has offered an explanation as to where the East Link and south Port traffic are going to go? The solution for a cycleway? Oh I couldn’t even imagine…🙄 pic.twitter.com/bnt3e0l5cH
— Rochey77 (@Rochey77) November 6, 2020
Dublin City Council voted against the Sandymount cycle path trial [along Sandymount strand, Dublin 4] Due to residents’ concerns about displacement of traffic into Sandymount village.
The decision is now postponed until January, but looking less likely it will ever happen.
As a resident of Sandymount I was very much in favour of the plan.
Strand Road is a popular route for cyclists, yet is quite dangerous due to a lack of provision for them.
There is a major problem on Strand Rd with on-street parking on the inbound side between the martello tower (St Johns Rd) and Newgrove Ave (Roslyn Park College).
The road is simply not wide enough for 2 lanes of traffic and parking, which results in cars parking up on the kerb. These cars create a blockage for pedestrians on the path (particularly wheelchair users and those pushing buggies), and also pushes cyclists further out into the busy road.
I would argue that if Dublin City Council are going to postpone their segregated cycle lane, then a good interim measure would be removing the hazard of these parked cars by installing double yellow along the length of Strand Road in both directions.
This will free up approximately 1 meter from the road and 1 meter from the path for use by cyclists and pedestrians.
In DCC’s consultation document they describe this parking as ‘informal’, which suggests they take no responsibility for it. There seems to be no signage or ticketing in operation, even though I would have assumed there’s a bylaw against parking on the path in this manner.
If residents on Strand Rd are so desperate to park immediately outside their houses, then they should consider converting their front gardens to parking spaces.
A car is a private piece of property, why should anyone have the right to leave it (for free, in this case) on public land, obstructing a public road and path?
DCC make the valid point that the solution put forward by residents to build boardwalks over the beach and separate cycle lanes, would take years of planning and costly infrastructure as it’s a marine protection area.
DCC’s plan creatively solved these issues by re-purposing our existing resources, but unfortunately it is now put on a back-burner.
Everyone is in agreement that cycling infrastructure in this area, which is very popular with cyclists, needs improvement.
So why not make this small change, which will not completely fix the problem, but would hopefully reduce the risk for cyclists and pedestrians?
The consultation documents (now over) can be found here for anyone interested.
Plogging, the art of of Jogging while collecting rubbish
Like picking up things?
Free next Wednesday?
Runlogic in conjunction with Clean Coasts are hosting a Plogging on Sandymount Strand, Sandymount, Dublin 4 on Wednesday, August 22, at 7pm,
Starting at Sean O’Casey Park/Sandymount strand (area immediately where Irish Town grass meets the beach) aalong Sandymount beach to the Circle K petrol station near the Martello Tower and return back to the starting point.
The run distance is about 4-5 km, however as we are collecting rubbish (bag and gloves provided) you can expect the run to take about 30-45 minutes total.
Thanks Ultan Mashup
Sandymount. Dublin 4.