€3.35M for new dodder cycle path, says mayor
Dublin City Council will today announce €3.35m for a new south Dublin cycle route.
“I am delighted to announce €3.35m capital spend for the Dodder Green-way - a dedicated 3.4km cycle route along the river,” Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn told
The cycle route will run from the city centre to the Dublin mountains and is aimed at tourists as well as commuters coming into the capital for work from places like Firhouse.
The high-quality cycle route will go along the River Dodder corridor between the River Liffey at Grand Canal Dock and the Dublin Mountains at Bohernabreena.
“This capital sum will be spent between now and 2016 and will be confirmed by the city council,” said Mr Quinn.
The last sitting of Dublin city councillors will be held tonight before the local elections on May 23.
“This indicates our commitment to enhancing cycling for commuters and as a recreational activity,” he added.
Last year €250,000 was awarded to South Dublin County Council to examine the possibility of the cycle path. Dublin South TD Eoghan Murphy said the green-way, “would provide a traffic-free cycling trail for those coming into the city from surrounding areas and also for tourists wishing to travel from the city into the Dublin Mountains.”
The news comes as 200,000 cycling enthusiasts lined the streets of Dublin yesterday as the Giro Italia race rode into town.
As of last month, the numbers commuting into the city centre on bikes was at its highest levels since the council began keeping records. Approximately 9,061 people travel into work on a bike every day.
“Cycling is very much on the up and up in Dublin,” said Mr Quinn.
By the end of June, the number of dublinbikes will have increased from 500 to 1,500 with a planned expansion of another 3,500 in the next four years.
As well as new bikes, 58 stations were added to dublinbikes in the latest expansion.