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New Wild Atlantic Way-style cycling route proposed for Dublin

Posted on: March 16th, 2019

West Dublin Historical Cycle Route

Wild Atlantic Way-style cycle route proposed for historic Dublin. The new cycling route would open up under-explored parts of Dublin to those on bikes.

 

A local politician in Dublin has said the capital should have its own cycling route like the Wild Atlantic Way to capitalise on tourism.

Local election candidate Eoin Neylon (FF) has proposed a new cycling route through the south west region of Dublin.

And he believes that, like the Wild Atlantic Way, it would attract tourists and get people cycling in an under-explored area.

While the Wild Atlantic Way had brought cyclists to parts of Ireland previously off the tourism trail, so too could the new mooted route in Dublin.

He calls it the West Dublin Historical Cycle Route and under his plan it would start at the Phoenix Park in the city.

From there it would go to Kilmainham and Inchicore, Drimnagh, Walkinstown and would conclude at Christ Church Cathedral.

He believed the new idea would need to be pushed by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.

“It is a great but under-utilised amenity that we have,” he said of the route which would take in the Grand Canal.

Dublin, he added, could learn from other projects that had been successful in repackaging parts of the country such as the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.

“We very much don’t get a slice of the pie when it comes to that, despite the fact that we’ve some great sites to be seen,” he added of the potential of west Dublin.

And he believed the new infrastructure needed to create the new cycleway could be in place within two years.

With proper planning the West Dublin Historical Cycle Route could also overcome any concerns from pedestrians.

“Cyclists, pedestrians, and motors can cohabit the roads quite easily if the right infrastructure is in place,” he explained.

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