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Travelling through Dublin city is about to get way easier - for cyclists

Dublin City Council has signed off on a plan straight from the streets of Copenhagen.

greenwave Source: Streetfilms via YouTube

DUBLIN IS ABOUT to get a new cycling system straight from the streets of Copenhagen.

The City Council (DCC) has signed off on a new “Greenwave” traffic light system for cyclists.

The architect of the plan, Fine Gael Councillor Paddy Smyth, told TheJournal.ie it could potentially allow commuters to cycle from Parkgate St to the 3Arena in about 12 minutes.

As shown in the video below, the Greenwave system involves interconnected lights along an existing cycling route, which flash green once a cyclist is detected at 20 km/h (12.4 mph).

Source: Paddy Smyth/YouTube

According to Smyth, this will allow bike traffic to flow smoothly during the morning and evening rush hours.

It’s modelled on a similar system, which has already been implemented in the Danish capital.

The Traffic department of DCC last night agreed to implement a trial “on an appropriate route in the city”, with a view to using it along the existing Liffey and Dodder cycleways in future.

Last November, the Rathmines-Rathgar councillor launched his proposal for a “cycle greenway” through the south side of Dublin, from Goldenbridge to Herbert Park.

The plan – now referred to as the “South Dublin Bicycle Boulevard” – would involve new road markings, barriers, road bumps, and bollards.

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