10% increase in cycling commuters ‘show appetite for more infrastructure’

Mother and daughter cycling on North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

The Green Party said today that latest figures showing a 10% increase in the number of cyclists commuting in Dublin shows the appetite that the Irish public have for cycling, and more investment must follow.

Speaking today, Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who chairs Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee, said: “The figures released today show the public desire to cycle to school and work. We have seen an increase of 10% in cycling in the last 12 months with very little infrastructure investment in the same time. People want to walk and cycle – imagine the increases we would see if we had dedicated cycling infrastructure in our towns and cities?

“In Dublin we are seeing improvements in cycling facilities, but these changes are happening far too slowly. We are calling on Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport, to devote more funds to walking and cycling. Currently the ‘Smarter Travel Programme’ receives €13m per year or less than 1% of the Department of Transport’s Budget. Roads receive €746m or more than fifty times as much. This is not sustainable. In addition the small budget of €13m is being robbed to pay for public transport, and transport research which the Department openly admits is was not set up to do.

“We must invest in decent cycle lanes, footpaths, near our schools, in our towns and cities, and where people live. At least €100m per years must be spent on providing for the needs of vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians. This will allow us to build state-of-the-art facilities like a decent Liffey Cycleway, A Dodder Greenway, the Royal Canal Cycle Route, and the Sutton to Sandycove coastal route around Dublin Bay. If we don’t do this we will fail to meet our targets on climate change, we will fail to meet our goals on childhood obesity, and we fail to honour the policies that are enshrined in European and Irish Law.”

“Investment in walking and cycling reduces traffic, improves health and tackles climate change. It is a win-win solution. It is unacceptable that walking and cycling only receive the crumbs of funding from the transport cake. It is time for Minister Shane Ross to get on his bike, and give sustainable transport the funding it deserves.”

Page last updated 16th February 2017

Design team leaders appointed for Dublin’s College Green

Dublin City Council has announced the appointment of Dixon Jones / Paul Keogh Architects as design team leaders for the city’s College Green Civic Plaza project.

The proposal to remodel College Green as a pedestrian – priority plaza is a Dublin City Council and National Transport Authority initiative. The development aims to contribute to improving the quality of the city’s public realm, thereby increasing Dublin’s attractiveness both as a place to do business and as a place to live.

Subject to planning permission from An Bord Pleanála, construction of the College Green Plaza is scheduled to commence in January 2018, to coincide with the start of operations on the LUAS cross-city line in December 2017. A flagship project in the implementation of the City Council’s public realm strategy, the College Green development will remove through traffic from the area.

The appointment of Dixon Jones / Paul Keogh Architects is the result of a two-stage EU procurement competition which attracted submissions from Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. To be led by a joint venture between the London and Dublin-based architects, the multi-disciplinary College Green team will include Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers, Cathal Crimmins Conservation Architects, Paul Martin Landscape Designs and Rogerson Reddan Quantity Surveyors.

Commenting on behalf of both practices, Paul Keogh, Senior Architect, said: “We are aiming to create ‘Dublin’s living room’ – a place that is safe, adaptable and friendly for people of all ages, both for everyday social interaction and for major public events, comparable with world-class spaces of similar scale internationally”.

Dixon Jones is one of the UK’s most highly regarded architecture practices. Its portfolio of work includes major cultural projects such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Previous public realm projects include Somerset House, Exhibition Road, and Glasshouse Street, Soho. The practice is currently at design stage for the remodelling of Olympic Way, the ceremonial avenue to Wembley Stadium.

Paul Keogh Architects’ award-winning work in housing, education, conservation, interiors and urban design, includes Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, Navan’s Kennedy Road Civic Plaza, Phibsorough – Mountjoy Local Area Plan, Heuston Gate Redevelopment and a number of regeneration projects in Dublin’s north inner city. Current work includes the Moyross Renewal Masterplan and the Dublin Mountains Flagship Tourism Project.

Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan said: “The project at College Green offers the opportunity for Dublin to regain an urban space of prime civic importance and for that space to be of national and international significance. Dixon Jones and Paul Keogh Architects are highly regarded architects with extensive experience in the public realm and we are delighted to have appointed them as leads on this project.”

Dublin City Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, said: “I am delighted to hear that Paul Keogh Architects and Dixon Jones have been selected to design the public realm at College Green. I look forward to seeing their proposals for a pedestrian-friendly College Green that will make our city more attractive for residents, businesses and visitors.”

Dick Brady, Assistant Chief Executive, Dublin City Council, welcoming the appointment, confirmed that the College Green project is a major public realm project for the City and reflects the Council’s desire to continuously improve the City’s attractiveness for citizens, support its economic vibrancy and maintain its place as a top destination for visitors.

Previous projects of a similar scale undertaken by the two architect practices can be seen on the respective websites:

Paul Keogh Architects http://www.pka.ie/work/

Dixon Jones Architects http://www.dixonjones.co.uk/projects/

Page Last Updated: 10th February 2017

Greens slam Climate Minister’s ‘Trump-like’ Petroleum Scholarships

Drilling rig in Dublin Bay and wind turbines in Kerry Mountains

The Green Party today accused the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment of ‘Trump-like’ behaviour, following the publication of a call for applications for scholarships on the Department’s website encouraging science graduates to work ‘towards developing Ireland’s petroleum industry’. Continue reading