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17th May 2019 | Press Releases, Transport

Make Dublin a leader on eMobility, walking, and cycling: Ciaran Cuffe

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The Green Party today set out its plan for making Dublin Europe’s premier walking, cycling and eMobility city. The Party set out a vision for a Dublin where these modes can reduce traffic congestion, reduce our carbon footprint and allow us to live healthier happier lives.

Cllr Ciarán Cuffe, European Election Candidate for Dublin, said:

“I want Dublin to be renowned for its cycling infrastructure, for being Europe’s most walkable city, for being a place where people get around using low carbon options such as eScooters. There is no reason that this vision cannot become a reality, all that is currently missing is the political will. 

If elected to the European Parliament I will work to deliver the following for Dublin:

• A car-free city centre and pedestrianised plaza for College Green

• Delivery of flagship projects including the Liffey Cycle Route, Bray to Balbriggan Coastal Route (including Sutton to Sandycove)

• Royal and Grand Canal Greenways

• Wider footpaths and more pedestrianisation in Dublin City and town centres

• European support for walking and cycling projects

• A network of quality walking and cycling routes in Dublin City and County

•  Integrate walking and cycling into European Union funded transport projects

•  Joined up thinking on eMobility from DG MOVE (Transport)

Cllr Cuffe said:

“Dublin can learn from other European cities that are making the transformation to livability, walkability and bikeability. Let’s ensure that there’s a delivery unit located within the National Transport Authority to coordinate action between the four local authorities and crack the whip to deliver projects. We’ll ensure that someone is in charge of a Cycling Unit that has the staff and the cash to roll out new walking and cycling routes in Greater Dublin and deliver on the Greater Dublin Cycling Network Plan that has been gathering cobwebs since it was published.

“We want to continue our work to make Dublin a safe and comfortable to get around on foot. We want to shorten the wait time at traffic lights so that you’re not standing for eternity before the lights turn green.

“We must encourage the use of low carbon modes of transport and eScooters contribute to lowering our transport emissions and reducing congestion in the City. We want to make it easier for those who use electric scooters and similar devices to get mobile by putting in place updated traffic regulations that don’t smother new technologies with red tape.

Green Party Cllr Claire Byrne said

“We want to see more safe, segregated cycling infrastructure for this city. We already have a limited amount of segregated cycling infrastructure in place and we can see clearly how well it works. If we want to get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes, we need to increase the amount of cycle-friendly spaces and make sure our roads are safe.” 

Green Party Cllr Patrick Costello said:

“We are beginning to see more and more eScooters on our streets and we need to make sure these are included in any transport policies for the city. Electric scooters are a low-carbon form of transport, we need to make sure we have proper regulations in place for them.”

NOTE:

Green Party Walking, Cycling and eMobility Position Paper – May 2019

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nstjZwkFRujTukaSI3hIYfx8GN_8fnfYngRxC8gkO-A/edit?usp=sharing