Lack of consultation on new cycling infrastructure in Dublin City, councilors say

There is a lack of consultation regarding new cycling infrastructure in Dublin City, local councilors say.

Speaking at a meeting of Dublin City Council on Monday evening, many councilors said cycling infrastructure was being provided on an ‘ad hoc basis’ and more input was needed from councilors and councilors. inhabitants.

Construction of the planned cycle route from Clontarf to the town center will cause significant traffic disruption for some residents, councilors say, and those residents have not been consulted enough about it, it has also been claimed .

A report by the council’s deputy chief executive and municipal engineer claimed that 22,000 leaflets about the project were delivered to local homes in January.

However, Cllr Nial Ring said many of his constituents had never received a leaflet and were unaware of what the project entailed. “Where were the leaflets distributed? Where I have businesses, connections, friends, none of them have been informed. No one in Ballybough, East Wall and North Strand was told,’ he said.

Cllr Christy Burke said residents of Ballybough, Summerhill Parade and Portland Row will suffer the ‘hits of traffic diversion’ while the cycleway is being built.

He added that these residents would not benefit from the bike lanes, tree planting or trail improvements during the works programme.

Serious company

Cllr Damian O’Farrell said all councilors were in favor of the Clontarf cycle route to the town centre, but Fairview and Ballybough are a ‘narrow little gateway’ to the town, and any diversion of traffic will be a serious business. “A contractor has now been appointed and there is an urgent need for councilors to be involved in a traffic management plan.”

Cllr Keith Connolly of Fianna Fáil raised traffic concerns at the junction between Griffith Avenue, St Mobhi Road and Ballymun Road, saying: ‘Last week a contraflow cycle track started to cross the road, without any informing councilors again and without informing the local football club, Tolka Rovers.

He said more consultation should have taken place and that situations like this undermine well-meaning projects.

Many councilors also criticized the use of plastic bollards to separate cycle lanes and called for more permanent solutions.

A map of the connection of all cycle paths should also be shown to councillors, it was argued.

Leaflet

Regarding the Clontarf cycle route to the town centre, Brendan O’Brien, the council’s technical services manager, said he could ask the company that did the leafleting to provide a map of the areas covered, to make sure none were missed.

The project is at a stage where traffic management plans are ready to be drawn up, and more information will be available “shortly”, he added.

He said the plastic bollards on the cycle paths were not ideal and the council would consider planters and borders to replace them. However, he said the more inconspicuous the segregation, the more likely it is that people won’t see it and hurt themselves.

Segregation is necessary to prevent people from parking in cycle lanes and posing a danger to cyclists, according to Mr O’Brien.

Other issues raised at the meeting were illegal dumping, particularly dog ​​fouling. Cllr Dermot Lacey from Labor said that in the past five years there have only been 27 fines for dog fouling.

Many councilors have called on the local authority to take charge of household waste collection, saying the privatization of waste collection has led to more illegal dumping.

Many praised locals who voluntarily engaged in litter picking and called for more litter keepers on the spot to catch people leaving litter.

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