Liffey Cycle Route

What is it? & FAQ

The Liffey Cycle Route is a planned 4.5km long continuous cycle route along the north quays in Dublin. It has been in pre-planning planning since 2011 and the city council has looked at many different options.

The route is supposed to be segregated from both motor traffic and pedestrians, but a new “solution”, Option 8, threatens the quality of the route. That’s why we are asking people to call for Option 7 to be constructed instead — act now and contact your councillors.

The problem area for the route is the pinch points in the width of the north quays around Smithfield, between Blackhall Place and the Four Courts. Solving this problem allows for the full 4.5km Liffey Cycle Route between the Phoenix Park and the Point Village, but without a solution there is no route as two-way cycle paths can’t be non-continuous.

Frequently asked questions:

Q: I’m just one person, how can I made a difference in making the city a better place?
See our page: Act now! Act fast! — then share it with cycling and public transport using friends and workmates.

Q: Why a two-way route on the north quays? 
A: Variants of a project with a two-way cycle path on the north quays were first identified in a workshop with Dutch cycling experts in 2011. The reason a two-way cycle path on the north quays was chosen was that it allows for a continuous segregated cycle route in both directions along the quays.

Q: What about the south quays?
A: The two-way path on the north quays will also serve locations on and south of the south quays. It’s not a perfect solution, but it is workable compromise.

Q: Why can’t cyclists compromise?
A: As above, the Liffey Cycle Route has been a compromise solution from the start.

Q: Why can’t cyclists divert off the quays?
A: The Liffey Cycle Route is planned to serve both the north and south sides using a two-way cycle path on the north quays. If cyclists are diverted off the quays, the route becomes unworkable as it will mean a even more significant detour from the southside.

Q: Why should cyclists be treated so well?
A: Don’t ask we can do for cyclists, ask what more cycling can do for the city. Building high-quality segregated cycle routes has been shown again and again to attract more people to cycle for work, shopping and leisure — this is good for healthy, business, transport and tourism.

Q: Why was there no public consultation?
A: There has been public consultation and there will be more. The last set consultation was well advertised.

Q: Will Option 7 add to pollution?
A: In a report to the city transport committee, council officials said that noise and environmental modelling work to date has not shown any significant issues with Option 7.

Q: Who is behind this website?
A: This is a campaign of, responding to our readers’ annoyance at Option 8 and no quick action taken by others.


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