Plans for new pedestrian-friendly Dublin
PEDESTRIANS and cyclists will be given priority and through-traffic discouraged in a new strategy for Dublin city centre.
The 'Your City, Your Space' draft plan also criticises the "proliferation of street furniture, signage and other forms of street clutter".
Half a million people access the city centre on a daily basis and this is expected to increase by a further 100,000 by 2020.
They have invited the public to help "develop an agreed vision and policy on the design, maintenance and appropriate uses of the public realm".
The report says: "While economic needs require private car and service vehicle access for business and shopping trips, the predominant movement pattern in the city centre will be on foot -- which means it is vital that the public realm is easily accessible, pleasant and safe."
City manager John Tierney says the purpose of the strategy is not to propose expensive master plans or redevelopments, but is about collaborating to create better ways to carry out the work that goes on each day in the city centre.
The city council, transport agencies, utility companies, State agencies and private developers are identified as the key players in this development.
The strategy suggests designs to upgrade Grafton Street, College Green and a project to improve the Liffey quays.
The draft strategy is available at www.dublincity.ie/planning or in the Civic Offices at Wood Quay, council area offices and libraries. Submissions must be received by January 25.