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 Dodder Feasibility Study was completed in 2013.
Please note the following:
- The Dodder Feasibility Study was carried out to assess the technical possibility of a walking and cycling route along the Dodder River
- The proposals contained therein are very early stage proposals in a process of investigation and design. Its assumptions and conclusions form the basis for further assessment and design. As the route has yet to be subject to a design and assessment process, the Feasibility Study is not an appropriate vehicle or basis for public consultation
- South Dublin County Council are currently in the process of conducting the next stage of the project: which is the preliminary design for a section of the route; along with the necessary assessments including environmental assessment.
- Once a preferred route is chosen and subject to the necessary assessments, the route will be subject to the relevant public consultation as set out statutorily.
- The findings within the Dodder Feasibility Study document do not necessarily represent the views of any of the councils listed above.
It is hoped, once the current stage of preliminary design reaches completion (subject to relevant permissions being granted), that the 3 councils will be successful in attracting funding to the detailed design and construction phases of the project. However the phasing of the construction stage is not defined as yet and will be contingent on the allocation of funding and other resources.
View Dodder feasibility study report and maps below under related documents.
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 received funding from the National 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 carried out the following:
- Examined the demand for such a scheme;
- Identified the type of scheme that would be most effective;
- Prepared a cost estimate for the proposed scheme.
Currently the roll out of public bike schemes in regional cities is underway.
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 to Part 8 stage 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 2014, a new pedestrian and cycle route through Dodder Valley Park was opened along with a new bridge across the Dodder River and associated works.