Louth County Council are to trial three pop-up cycle lanes in locations across Drogheda before the end of the year, after the local authority received funding from the National Transport Authority as part of the pedestrianisation of West Street in the town.
The local authority are to trial the lanes on a 500m stretch of the Dublin Road between Stameen to Glanbia as well as the Rosehall roundabout to the Windmill Road and Beechmount roundabout to Ballymakenny College on both sides of the road before the end of this year.
“It is welcome news considering the commitment by Government to cycling infrastructure in Ireland at €360m a year,” Fianna Fáil councillor James Byrne commented. “It will also complement the work on a ‘greyway’ between Drogheda and Dundalk which will get underway early in 2021.”
A ‘greyway’ is the term used to describe the conversion of the hard shoulders roads to be used as cycling infrastructure. The councillor is referring to the R132 between Drogheda and Dundalk.
It is understood that should the trial be successful, Louth County Council hope to apply for funding of up to €1,000,000 to expand it beyond the Dublin Road. “I hope that there will be scope for the public to provide feedback on this,” Cllr Byrne added.
“Obviously, the provision of cycle lanes throughout the town will be difficult due to the number of pinch points on the streets of Drogheda. However, I have asked the Council to properly segregate these pop-up cycle lanes from the road to ensure the safety of all who use it. I have also suggested they use reflective paint to maximise visibility for motorists.
“Throwing down a few white lines on the side of the road is a waste of money if we are to be serious about providing proper cycling infrastructure in the County.”
The councillor described the move as a “a positive step in the right direction, nonetheless.”
The council’s Dublin Road cycle lane will be on both sides of road and are described as ‘advisory in nature and experimental in purpose’. The cycle lanes will only be three foot wide.
On the lane to Ballymakenny College, some existing cycleways will be refreshed and added to with the aim of creating a better contrast between road and lane.