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To: Dublin City Council

Supporting College Green Plaza

This campaign has ended.

Supporting College Green Plaza

We support Dublin City Council for its vision to dramatically enhance the public realm of College Green by creating a world-class pedestrian plaza and cycle route, as per http://www.dublincity.ie/college-green Reducing motor traffic in this area presents the opportunity to create dedicated space for cycling in a design that minimises conflict for all modes, including the already large volumes of walking and cycling. We look forward to this area, previously a major barrier to sustainable mobility in the city centre, becoming a shining example of a new vision for Dublin City.

Why is this important?

Cycling already accounts for 27% of all traffic on Dame Street, making it the most popular cycling area in Dublin, in spite of the current hostile conditions. With an expanding population and national policy to increase the share of walking and cycling trips across the city to 25% in the coming years, this area needs to be equipped to handle a proportionate increase.
We’re calling on the City Council to guarantee the delivery of a new College Green that meets the needs for current cycling and walking volumes and is future-proofed for projected demand. The area needs to deliver for all users of the space, no matter where they’re coming from or going to, whether they’re walking through or lingering; whether cycling with children or cycling to work. The needs of visually impaired people, deaf people, children and the elderly need to be catered for at the proposed plaza in particular.

The tried and tested Dutch model for cycling, employing high quality segregated routes and widespread permeability, is the only proven way to realise truly inclusive levels of cycling. Cycle flows must have the same attention to detail as public transport to unlock the true potential of cycling in Dublin. We’re concerned that the latest drawings do not convey this. Specifically, we’re calling for:
A detailed design that takes advantage of the principles of sustainable safety and does not use shared walking and cycling areas, in accordance with section 1.9.3 of the National Cycling Manual (NCM). We view this as central to the success or failure of the plaza;
Use of self-enforcing separated cycle tracks which are well-defined visually and spatially, using angled kerbs, grade-separation and colouring to create new bike permeability for Trinity, Dame Street, Grafton Street Quarter, O’Connell Street and other destinations in the area;
Use of bus stop bypasses at all stops on Dame Street and all other possible measures to separate busses and cycles in the area, including bidirectional paths in accordance with the NCM/Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets requirements.

660 Dubliners have already backed our calls for improved walking and cycling commitments in this year’s City Development Plan, joining almost 8000 overwhelmingly positive submissions on the 2015 Dublin City Centre Transport Study. The leading business groups have also backed the College Green proposals, which will make the city even more attractive to the world’s leading companies and their workers. The council has already shown what quality cycling routes can achieve in Dublin with the Grand Canal Cycleway. It’s now time to build on that success.

How it will be delivered

Dublin Cycling Campaign urges all members of the public to show their support for a world-class pedestrian plaza and cycle route by emailing City Council offices (traffic@dublincity.ie) by 5 pm on 24 May.

It is critical that the Council is supported in making a plaza that gets all the details right for walking and cycling in order to support and develop these modes today and into the future.

Dublin, Ireland

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Reasons for signing

  • Making more places cyclist and pedestrian friendly is just the obvious way to go, reduce pollution, increase quality of life and encourage more people to take to their bikes by making the roads more of a shared space and less of a battleground.
  • I believe city centres need to be reclaimed by pedestrians and cyclists which in turn will help to raise people's quality of life. Less pollution, more exercise and less stress!
  • This area is blighted by traffic and is a nightmare for pedestrians who are herded before their 10sec dash to cross both sections of road. Priority is all wrong. Hundreds of pedestrians have to wait minutes to facilitate a much lower number of vehicles.

Updates

2016-05-25 07:09:10 +0100

This campaign has now ended, as the public constitution of this phase is now closed.

On 24 May, we delivered the petition by email.

On behalf of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, I wish to thank each one of you who showed your support for the College Green Plaza by signing and by sending your feedback to Dublin City Council too.

The design of the plaza itself comes under tha responsibility of the the council's Pulbic Realm team. By making your views and recommendations known now may well assist this next phase in being far more inclusive in its scope.

Further updates will be on our website at www.dublincycling.ie and through our social media platforms.

Thanks again for standing with me on this issue.

Kevin.

2016-05-18 20:33:09 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-05-16 18:46:24 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-05-16 15:08:58 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-05-16 12:36:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-05-16 11:30:55 +0100

10 signatures reached