Core Bus Corridor 13: Bray
Overall the Bray Core Bus Corridor (CBC) is one of the longest and most complex routes. It starts at Nassau Street in the city centre, to Lesson Street, through Donnybrook then out along the N11. From here it passes through Shankhill into Bray.
The positives first. The proposals would:
- It would seriously upgrade width and quality the cycle tracks along the N11
- Almost all of the bus stops along the N11 include bus stop bypasses, which means cyclists won’t be mixing with bus or pedestrians at bus stops
However, the Dublin Cycling Campaign has identified serious issues along the route.
There are few cycle upgrades proposed within the canals. Nassau Street will have no cycle tracks. The cycle tracks around Stephen’s Green and Leeson Street will stop and start.
The impact on mature trees around Donnybrook could be reduced in some areas. The cycle lanes do not need to remove the mature trees.
The junctions along the N11 are improved as part of BusConnects, however they are still unsafe. The plans will provide a curb separated cycle track along the N11. However, at junctions it mixes cyclists back in with the fast and heavy traffic. At some junctions it would also be impossible for cyclists to safely go straight or turn right.
The proposals in Shankill are unworkable. The proposed cycle diversion is not direct. It also tries to removes cyclists from the village. A destination many people want to get to. The NTA need to consider different options for Shankill.
The Dublin Cycling Campaign has identified many other issues, which are included in our draft submission linked at the end.
We need you to make a submission to the NTA. Otherwise these proposed concept designs could quickly become the final design. A submission is a short piece on how the NTA should change their proposals.
Some advice for writing a useful submission:
- Keep it short and personal
- Tell the NTA why this Core Bus Corridor affect you. Do you live nearby or cycle this route often? Mention that.
- Tell the NTA why you want to see changes. For example, if the junctions were safer would you let your kids cycle to school?
- Describe some of the cycle trips you take along this route
- Include some of the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s key issues
Our key issues:
- We need continuous cycle tracks on Leeson Street and St Stephen’s Green
- The junctions on the N11 need to fully protect cyclists instead of mixing them back in with the traffic
- Shankill needs to be rethought as the current proposals are unworkable. They provide nothing to cyclists.
- The cycle tracks along the N11 need a buffer space between the cycle track and the motor traffic. This will provide more safety and comfort for cyclists.
Now that you’ve made your submission please spread the word to your friends and family. Without many voices demanding better cycle facilities the NTA will build the current proposals.
This is only one of 16 Core Bus Corridors. Learn about the others here.
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