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



- February 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

How quickly will the lights turn green; for peds and cyclists?

Will it be more frequent and of a longer duration than the motor traffic lights to encourage greater use (quicker route)?

paul m

- March 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

the junction at rathmines, leeson street and baggot street are incredibly dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists at present and with signalling there is no indication this will improve.

cars and buses are consistently stopping on the crossing so as to try and get past the set of lights before the bridge. this is blocking line of sight for people/cyclists crossing (especially rathmines where cars turning onto bridge cannot be seen) as well as making it too narrow for cyclists to go between cars. buses and taxi drivers are repeat offenders.

also there needs to be signage at lights telling drivers turning left to watch for cyclists crossing and also to be aware of signalling. A lot of drivers arent used to an extra lane of cycle traffic on their inside.

Mike McKillen

- March 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I rode the route two Sunday’s ago with Dublin Cycling Campaign group to test it out but the special lights were not operational.

I am leery about the potential for junction conflict with drivers by having the cycle lane/track 2-way on one side of the roads.

While ths web-page explains it all for cyclists what advisory is being provided to drivers?

It is essential for drivers to be educated about cyclists in our city. Too many of them overtake far too close and fast past riders, particularly taxi drivers in the bus lanes.

The waiting period for a pedestrian green-man phase at Leeson St. Bridge to cross the N11 so as to go along the Canal was at least 4 min. This is unacceptably long. Both pedestrians and cyclists will end up jay-walking in frustration. There has to be parity-of-esteem as between travel modes from now on.


- March 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

is the cycle lane from the barge down past the luas and on to leeson st bridge open again….?

Gavin Lawlor

- March 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

As usual the north side of the city is neglected. I’m not trying to start a northside/south side thing but it’s plain to see. There’s a canal from sherrif st to blanchardstown and this would be perfect for a similar route. A lot of it is already prepared for use as a bike lane but it needs work. This would be a great encouragement to the people of the northside to cycle and keep us safe from traffic and exhaust fumes.


- March 25, 2012 at 12:43 am

I tried to cycle by when this launch was happening and ironically the whole cycle path was blocked! There is little point in spending all this money on this route if non cyclists are using it daily. PLEASE put up signs explaining it is illegal for non cyclists to use cycle lanes.


- March 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

I’m enjoying the new lane and hope that as motorists get used to the new signals they’ll stop blocking the junctions for cyclists.

The lane ends at Portobello Harbour. I usually continue to the bike station at Portobello Road. The pathway between the two has a sign of a bicycle with a line through it. I’m pretty sure this pathway is on private property, i.e. it’s owned by Portobello College and the adjacent apartments. Do they have the authority to prohibit cycling? It’s not clear on whose authority the sign was painted.

It’s a shame if cycling genuinely isn’t permitted here, as it makes a natural continuation of the cycle route to Harold’s Cross bridge. I’d like the no bikes signed removed and am confident that with a little common sense and courtesy that people can safely share the route.

Ciaran Le Cool

- April 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

A little video we did to celebrate the official opening, featuring in this week’s issue (out Thursday April 5th)

Skinny Wheels

- May 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I like the cycle route and look forward to it going further North. Maybe us North-siders should get onto our councillors to get it completed.

The cobbles on Grand Canal Quay are very dangerous when wet, which is most of the time. Any plan to improve the surface?


- July 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

when will route from sheriff street to Ossory road ( newcomen bridge ) be finalized

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