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These maps show the planned 2,840km of cycle routes for the greater Dublin area

Kildare, Meath, Wicklow as well as the capital are all involved.

Capture Source: National Transport Authority

THAT MAP WILL represent the cycle networks in Dublin City in 2024 if a new plan by the National Transport Authority is completed.

The strategy aims for a fivefold increase in the cycle network in the greater Dublin area from the current level 500 km to 2,840 km. Planners are aiming for an increase in cycle routes from 500 km to 1,485 km in Dublin City.

The plan includes cycle routes in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and the NTA say it “comprises a mix of cycle tracks and lanes, cycleways and infrastructure-free cycle routes in low traffic environments”.

It is also envisaged that the network will be made up of primary and secondary routes as well as greenways that will run through parks and along waterways.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of people cycling in Dublin in the past few years,” the NTA’s CEO Gerry Murphy said upon announcing the plan.

“We want that to continue, and we have devised this integrated, long-term and diverse plan to support that continued increase.”

2 The plan includes Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. Source: National Transport Authority

The NTA add that their target is to have 75,000 cycle users every morning, something that would mean that as many people cycling to work as currently use the bus. To achieve this a tripling of bicycle users would be required, something Murphy describes as “hugely ambitious”.

The network  map includes routes that are already in place such as the Grand Canal Cycle Scheme but also proposes an off-road Dodder Route that would connect Tallaght to the South City Centre.

There are seven local authorities involved in the implementation of the plan and the NTA say that investment over the next decade will be informed based on the strategy.

3 Some of the scenic Greenway routes in Wicklow. Source: National Transport Authority

Further details of the plan are available here.

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