Two routes under consideration for 'bike boulevard'
THE Liberties could be set for a 'bicycle boulevard' which would allow cyclists to travel from Crumlin to Grangegorman meeting little traffic.
Bicycle boulevards are straight stretches of road across the city where measures are taken to deter car traffic.
These could include bollards creating a cul-de-sac effect on residential streets or restricting through traffic with right or left-turn only signs.
This means that only bikes and those living on that particular street have access to them where possible.
The National Transport Authority is currently undertaking a feasibility study of two proposed routes in south Dublin at the behest of the walking and cycling committee of Dublin City Council.
A second route travelling from Drimnagh to meet the planned Dodder Cycle route would intersect with the Liberties route.
There are a number of schools along the proposed cycleway as well as the newly-opened DIT campus in Grangegorman.
"The hope is that people will be able to cycle to work and school safely with very little budgetary impact," Cllr Paddy Smyth, who is on the committee, told the Herald.
"This will make residential streets quieter and it will allow people to cycle across the city without needing to navigate the main traffic arteries."
The trail would also boost tourism in the area which boasts the most-visited attraction, the Guinness Storehouse.
Separately, a new heritage trail is also being proposed in the Docklands.
Misery Hill, where leprosy sufferers used to be sent, the Diving Bell, the Jeanie Johnson and U2's studio are stops of interest that could be on the trail.