Some say that important quick transport wins – ones that would make it safer to cycle, or cross the road – are sometimes held hostage to big-ticket, long-term projects.
There are several spots along Chesterfield Avenue where cyclists and pedestrians mix.
Fitting cycle routes next to bus corridors and extending crossing times for pedestrians were among issues councillors discussed at a recent transport committee meeting.
Zebra-crossing fans say they’re safer for pedestrians than signalled crossings. But advocates for people who are visually impaired, or have intellectual or cognitive difficulties, disagree.
One proposal from Dublin Cycling Campaign and another from a city councillor call for banning cars from at least a couple of streets, once a week.
Councillors first backed the plan for improvements to Cathedral Street and Sackville Place in the city centre – but then a disability advocate flagged a problem.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has set aside €8.2 million in grants for sustainable-transport projects in the Dublin City Council area for 2018.
Perhaps, it’s time to try to revive a pedestrian lobby, some say.
Research suggests that giving cyclists and pedestrians a few seconds’ lead at traffic lights can make cities safer. Some say it’s time for Dublin to try this route.
With smart technology as an aid, Dublin’s traffic engineers have to strike a balance when deciding who gets to go, and who has to wait, at the city’s busy junctions.