Using junctions along the Canal Way Cycle Route

Posted 28 Feb 2012 to News by anthony

The Canal Way Cycle Route is due to officially open on the 22nd of March. It’s a mainly off-road cycle route connecting Portobello with the Docklands. Here’s some FAQs on the new adjusted light sequences along the route:

As a cyclist do I have to share the Canal Way Cycle route with other traffic?
The Canal Way Cycle Route is mainly segregated so as a cyclist you won’t share the route with pedestrians or motorists. The only exceptions to this are Grand Canal Quay and Forbes Street, but these streets have a very low volume of cars. However at junctions, cyclists will have to interact with pedestrians and cyclists. Special cyclist signals have been introduced at some junctions.

Where are these junctions located?

  • Portobello Bridge
  • Charlemont Bridge
  • Leeson Street
  • Baggot Street
  • Herbert Place
  • Mount Street
  • Pearse Street
  • Sir John Rogerson Quay
  • North Wall Quay at Samuel Beckett Bridge

What traffic signals do the junctions have?
There will be traffic signals for three types of road user – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. As well as a main traffic signal (for motor vehicles) they will have separate traffic signals for both cyclists and pedestrians. The signals for cyclists and pedestrians will operate at different times – this gives cyclists and pedestrians more time to cross the junction and reduces the potential for collisions.

How should cyclists use these new junctions?
Cyclists should stop at the appropriate stop lines when the cyclist traffic signal is red. Please note that to allow pedestrians to cross, this line is before rather than at the junction. The following video explains how to cross safely without interfering with motorists or pedestrians:

Step 1
All red
Main traffic signal, cyclist and pedestrian signals are red. All motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are stopped.
Step 2
Pedestrian signal goes green (‘Green Man’)
Pedestrians only begin crossing. Cyclist signal and main traffic signal are red so all other traffic is stopped.
Step 3
Green man flashes and cyclist signal flashes amber (Flashing ‘Green Man’ and flashing ‘Amber Cyclist’)
Pedestrians complete crossing but pedestrians who have not begun to cross must wait. Cyclists can begin crossing but must yield to pedestrians. All vehicle traffic signals remain red.
Lights sequence for Grand Canal Cycle Route (click for larger)
Step 4
Cyclist signal goes green (‘Green Cyclist’)
Only cyclists can cross the junction now. The pedestrian signal and the main traffic signal are both red.
Step 5
Cyclist signal goes to steady amber (‘Amber Cyclist’)
Cyclist completes crossing if already on the junction. Cyclists arriving who have not begun to cross must wait stop at the appropriate stop line. Pedestrian and main signals remain red.
Step 6
Cyclist signal goes red (‘Red Cyclist’)
All cyclists are stopped. The main traffic signals will now go to green for road traffic and, following that, the sequence returns to Step 1. Cyclists MUST wait before the cycle stop line until the sequence starts again.

If you wish to provide feedback, please use the comments below or message us on Twitter (@dubcitycouncil) using the hashtag #gcanalcycle

Bike Friendly Businesses

Posted 6 Feb 2012 to News by Sarah Scannell

Kudos to the Gravity Climbing Centre in Inchicore – arrive by bike and you get a free cup of coffee. This newly opened indoor bouldering centre has something for everyone – from complete beginners to climbing experts. You don’t need loads of special gear for bouldering and you can rent shoes from the on-site climbing shop/café.

I think we’ll run a competition for the most bike friendly business in Dublin City. Nominations to this blog please and we’ll make the award during Bikeweek 2012 (June 16- 24). Gravity Climbing Centre currently in the lead

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