A visualisation of the finished project , Source: OCSC

Dublin’s Greenways: turning the city’s canals into a cycling network away from cars

Dublin’s Greenways: turning the city’s canals into a cycling network away from cars

The Royal Canal in north Dublin will be redeveloped into a 2.1-km-long green space

Last week, authorities in Dublin announced an expansion of the city’s Greenways by enlarging the public space around the city’s Royal Canal. The redevelopment will create a 2.1-kilometre-long public green space with bike lanes in North Dublin, connecting to major transit arteries leading to the city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery or Dublin Airport.

Apart from offering more public space, the main use of the greenway would be to facilitate cycling traffic, connecting this part of the canal to the already enlarged lower portion. People will be able to cycle from Phibsborough all the way to the Silicon Docks and the Liffey river.

Greenways are for locals

According to an official statement, the redevelopment is scheduled to complete in 2025 and will cost just over 30 million euros. The project will include access ramps, a footpath, more pedestrian and cycling bridges across the canal and a new public square. The area will also be revitalised with more greenery and landscape formations.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan was quoted in a press statement explaining that the Irish Greenways project was aimed at locals much more so than tourists. The north side of Dublin, especially around Phibsborough, is very densely populated with residential neighbourhoods. Opening this new space would give locals a place for outdoor recreation and a quick and safe way to traverse the city.

Moreover, the development will become part of Dublin’s Active Travel Network – an interconnected travel system promoting active travel. Currently, the network is only 10 kilometres long, however, plans call for creating an additional 310 kilometres in the next 8 years.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy was quoted explaining that the project would also play an important role in local authorities’ common objective of reducing carbon emissions.



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