Grand Canal Way Premium Cycle Route
Between 1997 and 2016 the number of cyclists commuting to Dublin City (between 07:00 and 10:00) has increased by 250% with 12,089 being recorded in 2016 according to Dublin City Council statistics. This growing demand for cycling has in part been facilitated by the continued implementation of a new generation of bicycle infrastructure such as the Canal Way cycle route. This route, which has been designed as a premium cycle corridor, currently runs some 3.6 km in length through the City Centre. The route of the corridor runs parallel to the Grand Canal waterway between Leeson St Bridge and Sir John Rogersons Quay. The cycleway passes over the River Liffey via the iconic Samuel Becket Bridge before continuing northwards parallel to the Royal Canal as far as Sheriff Street Upper.
Opened in 2012, the Canal Way is mainly segregated from both motorised and pedestrian traffic thereby offering a high level of service for cyclists. The only exceptions to this are (i) along the lightly trafficked Grand Canal Quay and Forbes Street were cyclists share the carriageway with other road users, and (ii) at some of the junctions along its route where local conditions dedicated the use of short lengths of formal shared pedestrian / cycle areas.
DBFL Consulting Engineers were initially commissioned by Dublin City Council to undertake a Feasibility Study of the initial route concept. The review identified a total of 60 design recommendations to address road safety issues and enhance both convenience levels for cyclists and the networks operational performance. DBFL were subsequently retained to undertake a total of 10 Road Safety Audits (incorporating Stage 1, 2 and 3 Audits) upon both the emerging design proposals and the phased implementation of the physical Canal Way infrastructure and associated junction enhancement works.