The greater Dublin Area's ambitious cycle network plan

Niels Agerholm / 14 Jul 2016 18:05

ITS Domain(s):
Smart vehicles
Scale:
  • Urban

Description

Ireland has set an ambitious target to have one in ten total trips made on bicycle by 2020. One main measures to achieve this target is the development of safe, comfortable and high-quality cycling network. This led the transport authority of the Greater Dublin Area to draft an ambitious cycle network plan, which was published December 2013. The plan is that the transport authority of the Greater Dublin Area’s existing cycle network increases from 500 km in length to 2900 km by 2020.

to increase the bicycle use

Ireland has an ambitious target to have 10% of all trips made on bicycle by 2020 (stated in 2009). It shall be 20% in urban areas. One main measure to achieve this is a safe, comfortable and high-quality cycling network. Therefore, the transport authority of the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) made an ambitious cycle network plan in December 2013. According the plan will cycle network increase from 500 km in length to 2,900 km. 

The GDA includes Dublin and the surrounding counties of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.  1.8 million people, almost 40% of the Irish population.  64% in the GDA use a car for their transport; 12% the bus and 5% cycle.

Therefore, is an integrated, comprehensive high-quality cycling network, that is safe, coherent, direct, attractive and comfortable, required, and Ireland’s 2011 National Cycle Manual (NCM) was used during the main planning guidance.

A pre-condition for a high bicycle-share is the existence of an integrated, comprehensive high-

The development of the CNP consisted of the following steps:

  • Mapping the existing and planned cycle network;
  • Assessing the quality of the existing main cycle routes;
  • Identifying gaps between existing and planned routes;
  • Developing a cycle-demand model for the GDA;
  • Identifying potential alignments and design solutions;
  • Preparing a consolidated cycle network plan.

Expected results:

The cycle network, currently 500km, will reach 2,900km in length by 2020. It includes a number of long-distance cycle routes. The network will facilitate safe and comfortable cycling. The implementation of four inner-city cycle routes has already started. The new network will accommodate a rise in cycling trips during weekday morning peak hours, from about 22,000 trips to an 75,000 trips.

Challenges addressed
  • Environmental pollution
Funding instrument
  • FP6

Success story description

The cycle network, currently 500km, will reach 2,900kmh by 2020.

Technology readiness level
  • TRL 5 - Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 6 - Technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 7 - System prototype demonstration in operational environment
Start date
01-Dec-2013
End date
31-Dec-2020
Status
Completed
Duration
7 years
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