Sandymount Residents Welcome Proposal To Revive Plan To
Construct a Boardwalk Cycle Path
Dublin, 11 January 2021
Residents associations and groups in the Dublin 4 area welcome the passing of an emergency motion at the Dublin City Council South East Area meeting today calling on Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to revive a 2015 plan to construct a cycle path on a boardwalk over the sea side of Strand Road in Sandymount, instead of on the road itself closing north bound traffic lane as currently proposed by Dublin City Council.
The motion was a cross party motion put forward by Fianna Fáil councillor Claire O’Connor, Fine Gael councillors Paddy McCartan and James Geoghegan and Labour councillor Dermot Lacey.
DCC’s pre-Covid traffic counts have shown that there will be over 7,500 displaced vehicles per day with the closure of the northbound lane of Strand Road. Despite repeated requests, Dublin City Council has not addressed the question of where these displaced vehicles will go. Modelling data provided by the National Transport Authority shows the trial will cause a traffic increase of up to 114% on Merrion Road, Sandymount, Ballsbridge, Irishtown, and parts of South East Dublin.
Residents Associations from STC (Serpentine Ave, Tritonville and Claremont Roads), SAMRA (Sandymount & Merrion Residents Association), Park Avenue, Sydney Parade Avenue, Gilford Road, BADRA, Ballsbridge, Sandymount Avenue, Seafort Avenue, Merrion Road, say that they do not believe the Strand Road cycle lane is a Covid Mobility measure.
“Whilst we are acutely aware of the precarious Covid situation the country is now in, the Strand Road Cycle Route cannot be considered an emergency measure. We are not supposed to be leaving our homes bar essential journeys; schools and workplaces are closed; there is a 5km travel limit and Strand Road is not on desire lines, the parallel routes along Merrion Road and Park Avenue are more direct north / south.”
The residents groups state that they are all pro-cycling and fully supportive of an off road cycle track as envisaged by the original S2S proposal which has been in existence for many years.
“We would sincerely ask that DCC re-engage with the NTA and Minister Ryan to make it possible so it can be enjoyed by everyone including visitors to our wonderful capital City. We believe that the DCC proposal as presented requires planning permission given its scale and its cumulative effect on the Sandymount, Ringsend, Irishtown and Ballsbridge communities.”
At a meeting of the DCC Community Consultation Strand Road Cycle Trial Forum held Thursday 7 January, Serpentine Tritonville Claremont (STC) community group informed the Lord Mayor and Dublin City Council senior management that they have instructed their professional advisors to seek a Section 5 referral to An Bord Pleanala to adjudicate on the proposed cyclepath. A Section 5 referral will determine if the DCC proposed road closure is an allowable exempt planning activity.
Local residents groups are calling on Dublin City Council, and the National Transport Authority to delay the trial period or the commencement of any works in order that the matter can be adjudicated upon by An Bord Pleanala. As a consequence therefore the business of the Forum should also be paused until this matter has been dealt with by An Bord Pleanala.
“We regret that the current proposal by Dublin City Council has disregarded residents of this urban village and proven to be so divisive. It has attempted to divide our community, pitting road against road. No proper regard has been given to the environmental impact on driving traffic from the Strand Road, a regional road, through narrow residential roads. No regard has been given to those living in Sandymount Village and environ, Irishtown, Ringsend, Ballsbridge and Merrion who enjoy walking and cycling through our community going about their daily business.”