In the New Year, Dublin City Council will close the cycle parking application and conclude the public consultation component of the bicycle parking strategy programme. DCC would like to thank all of you who participated in the public consultation process as it has been an invaluable resource in helping to identify the areas where cyclists would like to see more bicycle parking. With the help of the application, a bicycle parking strategy has been developed and we plan to introduce the first of the new bicycle parking early in the New Year.
Although the public consultation was primarily used to identify the most popular locations for stands, it also revealed cycling patterns in the city and its key destinations. Outside the city centre, pin locations tended to correspond with particular destinations. As would be expected, commuting hubs such as Connolly Station and Heuston Station scored high; but so too did leisure attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, and the Newmarket Food Co-op. Within the city centre, however, the distribution of the pins was much more diffuse. A widespread scattering of green pins captured the myriad cycling destinations and also cyclists’ proclivity for parking as close to their destination as possible. These results illustrate the fact that cyclists require concentrated parking at key destinations such as train stations and parks, but also, throughout the city centre, well-distributed and readily accessible parking close to their destination.
In order to provide this level of service, Dublin City Council has initiated a cycle parking strategy that comprises conventional Sheffield Stands augmented by Cycle Hoops. The initial trial of Cycle Hoops in the city has received an overwhelmingly positive response and they can be used effectively in areas where space is at a premium and Sheffield Stands are not an option. In the New Year a contract to install a number of Sheffield Stand stations at some of the public consultation’s more popular locations will commence. In addition, Cycle hoops will be rolled out across the city centre. This is the first step in the bicycle parking programme and it is intended that more bicycle parking will be installed over the course of the year.