Public Bike Hire Scheme (Feasibility Study) Irish transport policy seeks to reduce private car dependence from 65% to 45% for commuting by 2020 and to increase cycle mode share from 2% to 10% nationally. Increasing cycling and walking will also be pivotal to achieving some of the goals in national health policies to promote physical activity. A public bike scheme is an innovative scheme of rental or free bikes in an area. It can provide an additional public transport mode for users of the transportation system. A public bike system can provide an effective substitute for at least some of the many short trips made by single occupancy cars in urban areas and it can also form the last part of a trip to work or education along a public transport corridor. A public bike hire scheme in Tallaght could generate greater use of, and vibrancy within, the town centre by providing easy access between origins and destinations such as Tallaght Hospital, Tallaght IT and the retail / commercial core. It is envisaged that this project could contribute to national policy to create a strong cycling culture in Ireland so that cycling will become a normal way to get about, especially for short trips, and the bicycle will become the transport mode of choice for all ages.
South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have received funding from theNational Transport Authority(NTA) to prepare a feasibility study examining the possibility of introducing a Public Bike Hire Scheme in Tallaght and Dun Laoghaire. Accordingly, SDCC and DLRCC are in the process of preparing a brief to procure consultants to:
Examine the demand for such a scheme;
Identify the type of scheme that would be most effective;
Examine the possibility of linking a public bike hire scheme in Tallaght to other bike schemes;
Assess the potential to expand a public bike hire scheme beyond Tallaght; and
Prepare a cost estimate for the proposed scheme.
Tallaght to Ballyboden Cycle Route (Design) South Dublin County Council in association with the National Transport Authority (NTA) have proposed the construction of a cycle route from Tallaght to Ballyboden. Funding to progress the project toPart 8stage in 2012 was received from the National Transport Authority and the Part 8 resolution was passed by the Elected Members in December 2012. The route is a 6km strategic cycle link between Tallaght and Ballyboden in South Dublin County that will link residential communities in Tallaght, Ballycullen, Firhouse, Knocklyon and Ballyboden to the wider city network. A spur will extend the route to Old Bawn Local Centre (facilitating local journeys) and completing a link to the high quality cycle route that exists on Firhouse Road
En route the proposals will include improved environmental conditions with off-road cycle facilities on the Old Bawn Road between N81 and Old Bawn Local Centre, Knocklyon Road, Templeroan Road, a new shared route through Dodder Valley Park with public lighting; new cycle / pedestrian bridge over the Dodder River, new crossing at Firhouse Rd; new crossing on Ballycullen Rd; and junction improvements at Scholarstown Roundabout and Ballyboden Roundabout. The project will be constructed in stages. In 2013, the NTA has funded the detailed design of the pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Dodder River and associated works.
Dodder Regional Walking and Cycling Route (Design) The National Transport Authority(NTA) granted funding in 2012 to carry out a study into the feasibility of a walking and cycling route along the full length of the Dodder River from Bohernabreena in South Dublin to Grand Canal Dock in Dublin City. South Dublin County Council commissioned the feasibility study on behalf of the NTA in consultation with Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The feasibility study was completed in January 2013 and submitted to the National Transport Authority. The NTA have granted funding towards the preliminary design of key sections of the route in 2013 and discussions are ongoing with the NTA to agree the scope of the preliminary design stage.