Green Party Cllr for the Pembroke Area, Hazel Chu, has expressed her disappointment over today’s High Court judgement on the Strand Road cycle path in Sandymount, which has ruled against Dublin City Council’s plans for a cycle path along Strand Road. The decision follows a High Court Challenge taken by a DCC Cllr and a local resident in February, who applied for a Judicial Review to stop the Council’s plans from going ahead.
Speaking on the decision, Cllr. Chu said:
“I’m deeply disappointed at today’s decision to stop plans for this cycle route from going ahead. Now more than ever, we have an obligation to be bold if we are to face down climate change. The importance of providing safe, sustainable transport and a vision for Dublin where people of all ages and abilities choose to cycle as part of their everyday life cannot be underestimated.
“This cycle path had the opportunity to enable thousands of people to choose cycling as their primary mode of transport for commuting, getting to school and college, getting into town, or simply going to the beach or visiting Dublin Bay’s many coastal attractions. It would have been an overdue improvement on the current, very dangerous situation for people cycling on this stretch which is highly off-putting in its current form, particularly to those who are contemplating cycling, families with children, older people, people with disabilities, and novice cyclists. Only last week we had a near fatal collision of a cyclist by a motorist in the constituency area. If we do not provide for safe cycle routes, tragedies like these will continue to occur. We need to act now. I will continue to work with our council transport section and other authorities to build for a better, safer and more sustainable future for all.”
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