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By Chamber Press Office, 12 October 2018
Building the proposed Fitzwilliam Cycle Route would send a message that Dublin is serious about becoming a safe city for cycling, according to business group Dublin Chamber.
The Chamber has offered its backing to the project in a submission made today to Dublin City Council.
The Fitzwilliam Street proposal would see the introduction of new segregated cycle lanes on Fitzwilliam Street, with cyclists protected from general traffic by parked cars.
In its submission, Dublin Chamber said similar designs had proved hugely successful in other cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
According to Dublin Chamber's Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen: "Creating the cycle route would send a strong message that Dublin is ready to embrace the potential that exists to become a great city for cycling and that it is serious about addressing the current over-reliance on the private car within the M50. The popularity of cycling in Dublin is growing fast. However, cycling in many parts of the city remains far too dangerous. The proposed Fitzwilliam Route is a move in the right direction and, if it proves to be successful, the design could easily be rolled out to other parts of Dublin."
Mr McQueen added: "Currently, around 6% of work commutes in Dublin are made by bike. In Copenhagen, that number exceeds 40%. Since 2008, the number of people commuting into Dublin by bike has doubled to 12,000. However, this progress largely comes in spite of infrastructure and not because of it. Dublin Chamber firmly believes that a 20% cycling share is possible in Dublin within 10 years, but only if we start investing properly in the cycling network. It is a frustration of the business community in Dublin that very little of the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan, launched in 2013, has come to fruition. If delivering the necessary cycleway infrastructure is not made a priority within the M50, then moves to develop a sustainable, more environmentally friendly and congestion-free city will be significantly hampered."