Fógra! Proposed works: Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route

Posted 11 Jan 2017 to News by Sarah Scannell

Proposed Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route. Clontarf Road/
Alfie Byrne Road, Dublin 3 to Amiens Street/Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

Pursuant to the requirements of the above, notice is hereby given of the
proposed construction by Dublin City Council of the above scheme, The
proposed works shall comprise of the construction of circa 2.5km of high
quality cycle facilities, improved footpaths and landscaping from Clontarf
Road / Alfie Byrne Road, via Clontarf Road, Marino Mart, Fairview,
Annesley Bridge Road, North Strand Road and Amiens Street.

The scheme will also include provision of a portion of the Tolka Valley
Greenway linking Alfie Byrne Road with Annesley Bridge Road. The
route shall traverse underneath Clontarf Road Railway Bridge, North
Strand Road Railway Bridge and Amiens Street Railway Bridge
(Protected Structures) and over Annesley Bridge at the Tolka River and
Newcomen Bridge at the Royal Canal (Protected Structures).
New Toucan (pedestrian and cycle) crossings shall be provided at the
following locations: Marino Mart (at Malahide Road); Marino Mart (at
Marino College); Fairview (near footbridge); Annesley Bridge Road
/ Cadogan Road; North Strand Road / Charleville Mall (Royal Canal
Greenway Route).

Existing pedestrian crossings shall be upgraded to Toucan crossings at the
following locations: Clontarf Road / Alfie Byrne Road; Clontarf Road /
Howth Road; Clontarf Road / Malahide Road; Annesley Bridge Road
/ Fairview Strand; North Strand Road / East Wall Road; North Strand
Road / Annesley Place; North Strand Road / Waterloo Avenue; Amiens
Street / Portland Row (5 Lamps); Amiens Street / Buckingham Street
Lower; Amiens Street / Talbot Street.

In addition, the proposed works shall include extensive landscaping,
removal and replanting of trees, a “greenway” along the front of Fairview
Park; improved public lighting and CCTV; cycle parking in Fairview Park;
relocation of some bus shelters; removal and relocation of car parking
spaces; relocation of road side retaining wall on the east side of North
Strand Road, north of Ossory Road; alteration to boundary wall of
Iarnród Éireann Head Office, Connolly Station, Amiens Street (Protected
Structure) and other ancillary services along the route.
The following reports also accompany this application:
• Appropriate Assessment Screening Report
• Built and Heritage Report
• Arborist (Tree Assessment) Report

Plans and particulars of the proposed development may be inspected (or
purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy)
for a period of 6 weeks from Thursday, 12th January 2017 to Thursday,
23rd February 2017 at the offices of Dublin City Council, Public
Counter, Planning and Property Development Department, Block 4,
Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Monday to Friday,
09.00hrs to 16.30hrs.

The proposal can also be viewed at the following locations:
1) Central Area Office, 51-53 Lower Sean MacDermott Street, Dublin
1. Opening Hours: 10.00hrs – 15.30hrs., Monday to Friday.
2) North Central Area Office, Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17.
Opening Hours: 10.00hrs – 15.30hrs., Monday to Friday.
3) Charleville Mall Library, Charleville Mall, North Strand, Dublin 1.
Opening Hours: 10.00 hrs – 13.00hrs. and 14.00hrs. – 17.00hrs.,
Monday to Saturday.
4) Marino Library, 14 – 20 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3. Opening
Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 12.45hrs to 16.00hrs and
from 16.45hrs – 20.00hrs. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
from 10.00hrs – 13.00hrs and from 14.00hrs – 17.00hrs.

Plans and particulars can also be viewed online at www.dublincity.ie and
http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-planning-planning-news/clontarf-to-city-centre-cycle-route-part-8

A submission of observation in relation to the proposed development,
dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area
in which the development would be situated may be made in writing to the
Executive Manager, Planning and Property Development Department,
Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 3, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin
8 before 16.30hrs on Thursday 9th March 2017.

Changes to Junction at North Strand Road & Ossory Road

Posted 9 Dec 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

A new road layout has been installed at the junction of North Strand Road / Ossory Road as part of works at Newcomen Bridge, Dublin 3.  As part of this new installation the exit from Ossory Road is now signalised where there was previously only pedestrian crossing signalised lights.

Temporary notices will be displayed at the junction however it is important that road users note the new road layout and obey traffic signals. In particular, cyclists who use the route regularly will not be used to signalled traffic exiting from Ossory Road.

 

 

Dublin is Chosen to Host Velo-city 2019, European Cyclists’ Federation’s Annual Global Cycling Summit

Posted 9 Dec 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

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After Taipei, Arnhem-Nijmegen, and Rio de Janeiro, the European Cyclists’ Federation’s (ECF) Board announces that Dublin will be next in line to host the Velo-city conference series in 2019.

“We are excited to bring participants from all continents in 2019 to Dublin. Velo-city 2019 Dublin will – as all our Global Cycling Summits do – offer a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide,” says Bernhard Ensink, ECF Secretary General.

The bid, led by Dublin City Council, made a strong proposal with an integrated and collaborative team, and displayed strong political commitment on all levels, from local to national. In addition, Dublin has shown a big push for implementation from a behavioural and infrastructure perspective. The site visit showed the ECF team a clear willingness for collaboration and community engagement. For these reasons, the ECF Board has chosen Dublin as host for its global cycling summit.

Velo-city Series Director, Marcio Deslandes, said of the choice: “Dublin is a great example of a city moving towards a more livable, safe, and active environment for its citizens.”

This will not be the first time that Velo-city comes to Dublin; the conference was hosted very successfully here in 2005. “Velo-city 2005 proved a catalyst for cycling growth in the city – the number of cyclists in the city increased by 147% since 2005, but also the conference showed that cycling was a real and viable mode of transport for Dubliners,” says Owen P. Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.

He added “Hosting Velo-city in Dublin in 2019 will accelerate the efforts by Dublin City Council and our partner agencies to further the development of Dublin as a world class cycling city.”

In relation to the announcement, Brendan O’Brien, Director of Traffic with Dublin City Council said: “Dublin’s theme for Velo City 2019 is Cycling for the Ages. We aim to encourage cycling by people of all ages, young and old, male and female and to promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of cycling. We also want to show the evolution of cycling in Dublin through the ages and into the future.

Dublin is a beautiful historic city known for its culture and hospitality. We look forward to welcoming delegates from all over the world to our city to share our experiences, successes and challenges in promoting and developing cycling during Velo City Dublin, 2019 and anticipate that, just as in 2005, hosting Velo City will be a game changer for cycling in Dublin.” 

The previous European Series of Velo-city attracted 1,500 delegates, at Velo-city 2015 in Nantes-France.  The next series of Velo-city will take place in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from 13-16 June 2017.

 

Bicycle Anti-Theft Initiative Rathmines

Posted 28 Nov 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

As part of a new Community Engagement Project, Probationer Gardaí from Rathmines Garda Station assisted by the Rathmines Community Policing Unit co-ordinated an anti-bicycle theft initiative. On Friday the 25th of November, members from Rathmines Garda Station placed an ‘Info Bike’ at the Swan Leisure Centre bicycle stand in the centre of Rathmines. This ‘Info Bike’ initiative has proven successful in other Garda districts as a significant deterrent to bicycle theft. Rathmines Gardaí also received assistance with the launch of this project from local Dublin City Council representatives including Public Officer Kevin O’Sullivan and Sarah Scannell Cycling and Walking Promotion Officer . An Garda Síochána Rathmines would like to thank all involved for their invaluable assistance in launching this initiative.

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Red Lights Aren’t Optional

Posted 13 Oct 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

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In September 2016 Dublin City Council engineer Will Mangan received 27 postcards from children in Saint Columba’s Primary School North Strand, Dublin 3.

The children in the senior classes 3rd – 6th had enough of the dangerous situation outside of their school at the pedestrian lights. On a daily basis red lights were being ignored by cyclists and cars while the children were crossing the road on a green pedestrian light. To add to this danger the junior room, consisting of much younger children, cross at this pedestrian crossing and the situation was becoming unmanageable. In order to tackle this issue the senior children took it upon themselves to individually write to engineer Will Mangan requesting solutions to this problem before someone got seriously injured or worse killed.

What arrived in to Will were 27 powerfully visualised postcards depicting the daily struggle the children from Saint Columba’s face arriving and leaving  school every day, and it did not paint a pretty picture.  While some images visualised a future where everyone obeyed the rules of the road more portrayed images of injuries, scared children and general chaos at the crossing outside their school. Each postcard contained a written message detailing the children’s daily experience and the fears they felt.

The postcards were received while An Garda Síochána was beginning to launch the 2016 ‘Safer Roads for Dublin’ campaign which coincidentally focused on red light running. Dublin City Council brought the postcards to the attention of An Garda Síochána and after viewing the postcards and obtaining permission from the children and their Principal Ann Creaner, An Garda Síochána, Road Safety Authority, Dublin Bus, LUAS, TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland), National Transport Authority and all four Dublin Local Authorities in the 2016 Safer Roads for Dublin Campaign were delighted to showcase, support and endorse the children’s messaging for the campaign launch.

At the Safer Roads for Dublin launch on the 10th October 2016 Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, head of Dublin’s Traffic Corps, said:

“We are aiming this red light running campaign at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and appealing to them to reduce the risk to themselves and others by simply obeying the rules of the road when the traffic light is red. It seems a simple ask, and maybe a lesser offence, but when you consider there are 1,620 sets of traffic lights in Dublin, even one breach each day equals 1,620 potential collisions. Heed the message we are sending out today – Don’t gamble with your safety – red means stop for all!”

Chief Superintendent Reid continued:

“This campaign is all about reducing risks. Risks cause injury and fatalities on our roads. This year has seen 12 road deaths in Dublin, one more than in 2015 so we must re-double our efforts to ensure this does not increase further. A special word of thanks goes out to St Columba’s primary school for their contribution to road safety. It is initiatives like these that make a difference. So, like St Columba’s, we appeal to every road user to play their part to keep Dublin’s roads as safe as possible for all who use them.”

Helen Smirnova and Will Mangan oversaw engineering solutions to the issues faced by the children.

Extra signage to highlight the pedestrian crossing were installed, the Road Safety Unit organised two traffic wardens on site at St Columba’s School and a system to monitor cyclists red light running was introduced. Alterations to the traffic signals were made via the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) section to make the junction more pedestrian friendly.

While all these measures are greatly welcomed the issue around individual user behaviour is not so easily solved. It is up to each of us that use the roads to ensure we do so in a safe and respectful manner and in accordance with the rules of the road. Red lights are there to be obeyed, to ensure the safety of other road users and as the picture below states ‘Red Lights Aren’t Optional’.  The potential harm that can arise from red light running by any road user cannot be underestimated. Everyone has a part to play in road safety, and even small actions can lead to big changes on our roads.

I would like to thank all the children and Principal Ann Creaner at Saint Columba’s, all the staff in the Environment and Transportation Department, An Garda Síochána and all the stakeholders involved in the ‘Safer Roads for Dublin’ campaign.

I will let the children’s messages speak for themselves…

 

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Contra Flow Lane at Kildare Street

Posted 3 Oct 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

Due to Luas Cross City works on Dawson Street, Dublin 2 a new contra flow bus lane has been introduced on Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

It is important to pedestrians and cyclists in the area to note these changes as there is now significant bus traffic coming northbound on Kildare Street.

The biggest changes will be for cyclists turning right from Nassau Street as cyclists need to ensure they keep to the left lane when entering Kildare Street. It is important that cyclists position themselves correctly either in front or behind traffic when making this turn.

Pedestrians will need to look both left and right at Kildare Street when crossing on the green light at pedestrian crossings.

New markings at Nassau Street to warn cyclists turning right on contra flow Bus Lane

New markings at Nassau Street to warn cyclists turning right of contra flow bus lane.

Change to junction turning right from Nassau Street up Kildare Street

Change to junction turning right from Nassau Street up Kildare Street.

Cycle Logos in Bus Lanes

Posted 29 Sep 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

Dublin City Council has begun to place cycle logos alongside the ‘Lána Bus’ signs printed in lanes shared by both bus and bicycle. The cycle logos will complement the statutory road signs already in place.

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The cycle logos are to remind all road users that such lanes are shared by both bus and cyclists and to be mindful of both. To over take or pass cyclists safely,  motorists should give a minium width of 1.5 meters between the vechicle and the cyclist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New and Existing members of Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes can now access the scheme using their LEAP Card

Posted 20 Sep 2016 to News by Sarah Scannell

Dublin City Council, the National Transport Authority (NTA), Coca-Cola and JCDecaux are delighted to announce that from today, 20th September 2016, the Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes scheme will enable new and existing bike share members to use the service using just one smart card – their LEAP Card.

While this initiative won’t allow people to pay for their Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes trips from their LEAP Card account, it will allow them to hold their registration details for both schemes on the one card, cutting back on the requirement to carry an additional card in their wallets or purses. The customer account for Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes will continue to be the source for payment for annual memberships and 3-day ticketing and for each bike trip taken which incurs a cost.

Associating a LEAP Card so that it can be used with Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes is very simple for both an existing or new member of the bike share scheme:

 

  • Existing bike-share members just need to log in to their account at www.dublinbikes.ie and follow the on-screen instructions to associate a LEAP Card with their existing account;
  • New members simply log on to www.dublinbikes.ie where they will be requested to choose either LEAP Card or Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes membership card. They will be taken through a number of easy to follow steps after which, their LEAP Card needs to be validated for use at any one of the 101 stations across the city. Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said, “this innovation will make it very easy and convenient for new and existing bike share members, to easily link with the bike share scheme. I have no doubt this will prove to be an attractive feature for commuters who want to use the one card to link their bike journey with other sustainable public transport services, at various connection points across the city.”

According to Anne Graham, Chief Executive NTA, “Being able to use LEAP Card across multiple transport modes has proved to be a big draw for commuters with over one million cards sold since its launch five years ago.  Adding the customer ID for Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes to the LEAP Card should make people’s journeys around town a little easier; with the bike scheme accessible on the Leap Card, people will have one less card to carry around.”

The bike share scheme in Dublin continues to enjoy huge popularity and is one of the most successful bike schemes in the world, with more than 64,000 subscribers and 16.3 million journeys taken since the scheme came into being in 2009.

Joanne Grant, Managing Director JCDecaux said, “Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes is already an overwhelming success and an excellent demonstration of the JCDecaux city partnership model.  We are very pleased to have worked with the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council to deliver this initiative which will broaden the appeal of the scheme and make it accessible to more people.”

Commuters who wish to use LEAP Card to rent out bikes in Dublin can do this through www.dublinbikes.ie.

 

Mobility Week – Celebrating Cycling!

Posted 19 Sep 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

Mobility Week Coca-Cola Zero, the National Transport Authority and the four city councils of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway have come together to celebrate the many thousands of persons who choose to cycle in our cities, especially for commuting to work or education. Events will take place on Thursday September 22nd 2016, which is celebrated across European Cities as “In Town Without My Car” (or “Car Free”) day.

The numbers of persons choosing to cycle is growing every year. The four Irish cities are delighted to celebrate and recognise our daily cyclists, and their positive choice for accessing the city. In particular, the public bikes schemes, all sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero, have had a significant impact on the cities. Across the four cities, these bike systems collectively carry approximately 13,000 daily trips. This represents a significant element in our overall cycling numbers, and in our cities’ transport mix.

In Dublin, Dublin City Council will have a “Public Transport Through The Ages” family event on Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1 from 3pm to 7pm on the 22nd September 2016.

Wolfe Tone Square will host a family event displaying an old tram and bus from the Dublin Transport Museum manned by our very own conductor as part of Mobility Week 2016. There will face painting, music and a number of fun activities for everyone to enjoy on the day. Tea, coffee and refreshments are availability in the resident Tram Café on the square. This is a free family event and open to everyone to enjoy.

Coca-Cola Zero will be rewarding and refreshing users of the Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored public bike schemes who leave the car behind on 22nd September. Cycle-In Cafés will ‘pop-up’ at locations in the City where scheme users can pull in to enjoy some pastries, sandwiches and refreshments without ever leaving their bike. Coca-Cola Zero has also arranged for some surprise goodies which will be found in the baskets of the bikes on the day.
“Car-free day on Thursday 22nd September is important because it appeals to a wide audience. We are calling on everyone to take part, and look forward to welcoming both new and regular cyclists to our Cycle-In Cafés for some refreshments,” said Aoife Nagle, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland.

For more information please see www.mobilityweek.eu or follow #mobilityweek on social media

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Wolfe Tone Square

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A Cow at Wolfe Tone Square

The Tram Café Wolfe Tone Square

The Tram Café Wolfe Tone Square

 

Dublin PARK(ing) Day 2016 – Make your city BETTER, Make your city YOURS

Posted 15 Sep 2016 to Events by Sarah Scannell

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Lord Mayor Brendan Carr will launch Dublin PARK(ing) Day at the Installation on South Anne’s Street, Dublin 2 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday 16th September 2016.

 

PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide initiative which started in San Francisco in 2005, where a single parking space was transformed into a temporary public park. Dublin City is now one of 180 cities that are taking part in PARK(ing) Day.

For a single day each year, a selection of on-street car parking spaces will be suspended and transformed into imaginative public spaces instead. Each installation will be unique and will make its own statement in favour of more people-friendly streets where space is for public use rather than the car.

Speaking in advance of the launch of PARK(ing) Day, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said, “Since it’s beginning in 2011, Dublin City has become one of the biggest participants, hosting a comparable number of spaces to New York. This has increased year on year, so this year, we are aiming for even more installations. I personally will be out and about visiting the various locations.”

Faolán Bashford from Dublin PARK(ing) Day said, “PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape. We are encouraging everyone to download the map and use it as a walking tour to see what can be done to animate and enrich the city.”

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PARKing Day

Dublin PARK(ing) Day is supported by Dublin City Council as part of EU Mobility Week, a series of events promoting better mobility. 

To view the PARK(ing) Day Map and Guide, please go to –http://www.dublinparkingday.org

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