New speed limits proposed for Dublin

After the last years’ rejection of a 30km/h blanket limit, a new 40km/h speed limit is proposed for certain northside roads in Dublin.

Dublin City Council’s road safety section last year sought to make 30km/h the “default speed limit” across the city and suburbs, saying the lower speed would reduce fatalities and serious injuries. However, councillors voted against the new bylaws in September, following public opposition to the move. Motorists had complained the lower limit would cause “frustration and stress” and could result in “cyclists overtaking cars”.

Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu encouraged residents to have their say about the proposal, which she said would help make streets feel safer: “Encouraging active travel is a key driver of this campaign. Pedestrians and cyclists must feel safe on the streets and lowering speed limits would allow for better-shared space opportunities,” Lord Mayor Chu said. “A 10 km/h difference in speed “could be the difference between life and death for a vulnerable road user like a pedestrian”.

Public consultation began on Friday on the new proposals, which would still see 30km/h as the limit for most of the city and suburbs, with a new 40km/h limit on a number of roads on the northside.

The road safety section proposed the higher 40km/h speed limit should be permitted only on parts of four roads: Griffith Avenue, Collins Avenue, Oscar Traynor Road and Malahide Road. However, the bylaws going out for public consultation incorporate several other northside roads including parts of Glasnevin Avenue, Howth Road, Coolock Lane, Grace Park Road, the coastal Clontarf Road and the Causeway Road out to Bull Island.


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