Council announce high cycling numbers along the coastline in May 2020
Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce high increases in cycling numbers on routes along the coastline in May 2020, according to real-time data from cycle counters. When compared with May 2019, we see that cycling numbers in Blackrock Park almost doubled, rising from over 16,385 cyclists to 29,666 cyclists over the month of May.
The highest ever monthly cycling numbers were also recorded on the Rock Road cycle counters which are independent from the cycling numbers using Blackrock Park. The city bound cycle counter showed 30,414 cyclists used the route in May 2020, up 10% from May 2019. The outbound cycle counter showed 25,447 cyclists used the route in May 2020, up 16% from May 2019. As these cycling numbers occurred during the phase of the Covid-19 Pandemic where cyclists were required to stay within 5km of their house and as weather in May was very good, it is estimated that most of these cyclists were local leisure trips.
An Cathaoirleach Cllr Una Power stated, ‘It’s so exciting to see such a large increase in the numbers of people cycling along the Rock Road corridor. Just this week I’ve seen groups of teenagers and families with children cycling throughout the county, and it is wonderful that people of all ages are enjoying the roads. It’s clear there is a great desire to cycle and a need to develop improved cycle routes along this scenic corridor.”
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is committed to improving mobility options in all areas of our county. Upcoming developments in improving safety and the public realm for cyclist and pedestrians in our villages areas of Blackrock and Dundrum this summer as well as upgrades to cycling lanes and junctions on major roads on both side of the county and additional cycling parking.
In addition, dlr received a funding allocation of €10 million from the National Transportation Authority (NTA) for cycling infrastructure projects in 2020 and progress continues with these schemes. The following projects are currently under construction:
- Cruagh Wood Greenway - Ballyogan Road to Cruagh Wood (nearing completion)
- Stillorgan Road cycle route near UCD
- Drummartin Link Road/Kilgobbin Road cycle route
- Nutgrove Avenue Cycle Improvements
For more information on the latest developments in the public realm for cyclist and pedestrians please see here: https://bit.ly/3cYthoh
Further information on cycling in the Council can be obtained by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org