Sandymount Coastal Cycleway - The Way Forward
The STC Residents Group will present a detailed new proposal to Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority
Dublin, 9 September 2021 The STC (Serpentine Ave, Tritonville and Claremont Roads) Residents Group are calling on Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority to engage with a new proposal they have designed for the Sandymount Coastal Cycleway – The Way Forward, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the communities in Sandymount, Merrion Road, Ringsend and Irishtown.
The Way Forward outlines a long-term equitable solution for the Sandymount Coastal Cycleway which highlights a feasible option for the provision of an off-road cycleway by combining it with the DCC’s planned flood protection project as well as the new water main. The preferred scheme will create a two-way segregated cycleway, largely off-road except for a very small section which will require an on road one-way cycleway in each direction.
The STC Group designed the plan with input from experts in the areas of Architecture, Flood Risk Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Biodiversity Engineering and Computer-Generated Modelling. The current proposal has broad support within the community, but needs further design, development and consultation from Dublin City Council, with residents stating that it is the role of DCC and not the local community to move this project to Planning Application stage.
The Way Forward is a genuine effort from the STC Group to bring an end to the ongoing unnecessary and costly litigation, while at the same time providing a first-class off-road cycling facility along the length of Strand Road linking to Blackrock and Sandycove.
STC Spokesperson Audrey Hanley stated, “We wish to re-iterate that our group is very much Pro-Cycling; the vast majority of local residents are committed active cyclists, fully supportive of an off road cycle track of the type envisaged by the original S2S (Sutton to Sandycove) cycleway proposal which has been in existence for many years. Our collective opposition to the proposed-on road proposal advanced by Dublin City Council is based on the negative effects of the huge volume of displaced traffic, and consequent pollution, on Sandymount and adjoining areas arising from the closure of the northbound lane of Strand Road.”
She continued, “The small, narrow residential roads of Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown were not designed to accomodate this much traffic and such closure would have a significant adverse effect on the surrounding areas. We have designed this proposal to try and work with the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council to resolve these issues together. This is not a definitive proposal and we would welcome their engagement and expertise to modify the proposal as they see fit in order to reach a satisfactory outcome for all. We hope that DCC and the NTA will engage with us constructively and employ their resources to finalise this ‘Way Forward’.”
The Way Forward is available to view here:
For further information please contact:
STC at 089 267 2214