Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have been working in partnership with local stakeholders in a number of areas around the county to create temporary designs for re-imagined public spaces in our villages and dedicated cycling links on our roads. The ‘Coastal Mobility Interventions’ is a 3.6km segregated 2-way cycleway from Newtown Avenue in Blackrock via Seapoint Avenue, through Dún Laoghaire to Sandycove and the Forty Foot bathing area.

Key considerations behind the project were rooted in health and safety concerns: months of lockdown have taken their toll on people’s physical fitness, and even before the pandemic, pedestrians and cyclists have been the most vulnerable road users. Apart from making walking and cycling in DLR safe, this set of critical mobility interventions aims to make physical movement enjoyable for all ages and abilities. We want to ensure we can provide a safe and welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors and help re-open our areas as our society gets on the path to recovery following the impact of COVID-19.

The cycleway takes into account current Government public health recommendations advising people to switch to walking or cycling and to avoid using public transport unless they absolutely need to. The provision of segregated cycling infrastructure ensures that the current limited public transport capacity can be reserved for commuters, people embarking on essential journeys and those who have no access to alternative transport.

Photo: Peter Cavanagh

The temporary cycling corridor also presents a significant opportunity for local businesses and tourism.  Towns and villages along the route are linked with ‘Pop-up Spaces’ – rest areas on the cycling route or close to village centres complete with cycle parking stands, bike charging, public seating and vegetation. DLR’s design team consulted with stakeholders including the Gardaí, NTA, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Dublin City Council Signal Traffic Control and the local community and businesses. In implementing these interventions, DLR received technical and financial support by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Una Power

A bike tour from Sandycove through Monkstown to Blackrock with DLR Senior Architect Bob Hannan on the new cycleway will highlight the place making and public realm interventions in those villages as part of the Open House Dublin programme on Sunday 11th October.