The Strand Road Cycle Route Needs Your Support
What Can You Do?
Engage with the public consultation [5 minutes]. It is absolutely critical that as many people as possible make their view known on the proposed Strand Road trial. If you live in the area, if you cycle this route, if you’d like to be able to cycle this route, if you’d like your children to be able to cycle this route - it is absolutely vital that you make a submission to the public consultation and encourage as many people you know to also do so. Consultation Link
Contact your local councillors [5 minutes]. In addition to the public consultation, we encourage you to get in touch with your local councillors (and not just councillors from the Dublin City Council South East Area) to express your support for this proposed trial cycle route. You can find your local councillors, and their contact details here.
Volunteer with Dublin Cycling Campaign. If you would like to get involved with our campaign for the Strand Road Cycle Route, or want to make any observations about it to us, please email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Strand Road’.
The deadline for the public consultation is Monday 14th September.
Dublin City Council has published plans for a new protected cycle route along Strand Road as part of its Covid Mobility Measures. The segregated two-way cycle path will have a similar design to the new Coastal Mobility Route in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, which has resulted in an explosion in the number of people cycling along the coast between Blackrock and Sandycove.
The proposed Strand Road Cycle Route will run from Sean Moore Road in Irishtown, all the way along the seafront as far as the Merrion Gates. If the Strand Road project is approved, work will then begin on linking the Strand Road route to the existing Coastal Mobility Route in Blackrock.
Dublin City Council has just initiated a public consultation on the Strand Road Cycle Route, which will run until the 14th September. If the project gets the green light, it is expected to be completed by the end of October and will remain in place for a six-month trial.
Dublin Cycling Campaign strongly supports the proposed Strand Road cycle route. A coastal cycle route along Dublin Bay is a key part of the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network and will enable thousands of people to choose cycling as their primary mode of transport for commuting, getting to school & college, getting into town, or simply going to the beach or visiting Dublin Bay’s many coastal attractions.
Strand Road in its current format is hostile and hazardous for people who cycle, where they are forced to share space with motor vehicles, including a high volume of HGVs. It is an unwelcoming and unpleasant environment for those who already cycle, but it completely deters those who are contemplating cycling - especially families with children, older people, people with disabilities, and novice cyclists.
The Strand Road cycle route will enable more people to cycle - this has been proven by the increased cycling volumes in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown where the Coastal Mobility Route has been implemented. That route has also highlighted the latent demand for cycling, with a more diverse cross-section of society taking to their bikes when safe, convenient and attractive cycling infrastructure is provided.
In addition to the cycle route along Strand Road, we would welcome proposals (especially from local residents) for reducing motor traffic volumes and speeds in the nearby residential areas, including Sandymount Village. These proposals might include a 30kph speed limit, modal filters to prevent rat-running, and School Street initiatives to make drop-offs and pick-ups safer and healthier. A combination of these measures could insulate Sandymount from any potential knock-on motor traffic implications of the new Strand Road Cycle Route.
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