Residents welcome plans to move southside cycle route from road to boardwalk

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Plans to move a cycle route from a road to a seaside boardwalk in Sandymount have been welcomed by local residents.

Councillors are now calling for the cycle route, which would have been constructed along the Strand Road, to be moved back to the seaside boardwalk as originally planned in 2015.

Residents argue that the increase in traffic – which is expected to rise by 114% according to modelling – will cause major issues for residents living nearby.

They are in favour of the plan to build a cycling route, but believe that it needs to be moved away from the road as traffic will be displaced.

In a statement, a group of Sandymount residents said: “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.”

They continued: “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.”

Residents have also 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.

They continued: “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.”

Source: Dublin News