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Saturday 21 October 2017

Victory for families in cycle lane battle

DUBLIN City Council's plans for a cycle lane have collapsed after residents in East Wall protested against it -- because it would require the construction of two costly bridges.

The council had been proposing a 4.5m-wide cycle lane on West Road in East Wall, but local residents said it would put cyclists in danger from articulated trucks on the narrow road.

And they emerged victorious last week, when local councillors passed a motion to reject the council's plans at the Central Area Committee meeting.

The full Dublin City Council will have the final say on whether the plans are to be abandoned, after 1,300 residents signed a petition against the cycle lane.

Angela Broderick from the East Wall Residents Association said: "The majority of residents did not agree with the illogical route of the cycle lane and the waste of public money, especially in the current economic climate. It shows what can be achieved when a community stands together."

Residents claimed that the council had chosen a costly and winding route to link up the Sutton to Sandycove Premium Cycle Lane.

Earlier this year residents claimed the council's plans were never displayed while out to public consultation in 2009.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Dublin City Council said the issue will be brought before the full Council.

"In the meantime Roads and Traffic Division is investigating alternative schemes."

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