Space will be reallocated for the safety and benefit of pedestrians and cyclists.
Blackrock Village, located in Dún Laoghaire – Dublin, will be revamped with a temporary one-way traffic system. According to the County Council, the street space will “be reallocated for the safety and benefit of pedestrians and cyclists”.
The plan aims to facilitate safe physical distancing, mobility and the re-opening of local businesses. According to the County Council, “this initiative will allow pedestrian and cyclists to move around safely, to shop, rest and enjoy this new public space”.
Planters and street furnishing will be integrated to help make visiting and shopping a safe and enjoyable experience. The Council explains that the design will provide a one-way flow for vehicles and cyclists. The space gained from the removal of a traffic lane and existing on-street parking will be reallocated to pedestrian and cyclists through footpath widening and implementation of a contra-flow cycle lane.
It is expected that the expanded pedestrian area will also offer opportunities for local businesses to use the public realm.
The project is divided into two phases and will happen over a period of 5 weeks as described below:
Phase 1 (8th June to 26th June)
- Installation of light segregation system to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrians and cyclists;
- Adjustments on the existing traffic signal settings and installation of new signage;
Phase 2 (29th June to 10th July)
- Installation of screw-down kerb separators between traffic and pedestrians/cyclists;
- Placement of contrasting layer (buff-coloured anti skid) surfacing in the pedestrian and contra-flow cycling area.
Planters and street furnishing will be added as the plan progress through the phases.