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This morning.

Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Via RTÉ:

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.

DCC to consider alternative proposal to Sandymount cycleway (RTÉ)

Meanwhile…

Fight!

Save Poolbeg.

Last night.

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.

Ragamuffin writes:

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.

Anyone?

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Plogging, the art of of Jogging while collecting rubbish

Enjoy running?

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.

Plogging Event, Sandymount (Eventbrite)

Plogging?

Thanks Ultan Mashup

Pic: ABC