Limerick Route 1: Caherdavin to University of Limerick

7.2 Route 1: Caherdavin to University of Limerick via the Canal

Map of Limerick City Cycle Network

The proposed Caherdavin -University of Limerick cycle route will serve Caherdavin, Limerick Institute of Technology, Killeely, Moyross, Corbally, Plassey Technology Park and UL.

The section of Brookville Avenue between the City Boundary and Moylish Roundabout has an access road to housing on either side of the main N7 carriageway separated by a green strip on either side. This green strip is approximately 4m wide. The access roads on either side are approximately 6m wide on each side. It is proposed to construct a 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lane along each access road on the side that is closest to the grassed area. The inbound lane is to cross the road in front of LIT and link in with the cycle lane on Cratloe Road.

Along the Cratloe Road it is proposed to construct a 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lane on either side of the carriageway from the city boundary to LIT. It is also proposed to erect a new pelican crossing in front of LIT. The inbound cycle lane will be transferred to a new off road cycle lane as the road carriageway narrows to 7.35m. A 3m wide two-way cycle lane is to be constructed along the green area fronting LIT as far as the pelican crossing on the opposite side of Moylish Roundabout.

Continuing along the N7 towards Hassetts Cross the width of the carriageway varies from 9.2m to 9.7m. There are four bus stops on this section of carriageway and the bus shelter outside Thomond Park has no lay by for the bus to pull in. There is also a small amount of residential parking along the route where set-down areas have been provided. A buffer zone of 0.7m is to be constructed outside the setdown area. From Moylish Roundabout to Hassetts Cross it is proposed to construct 1.5m on-road advisory cycle lanes on either side of the road. At Hassetts Cross it is proposed to construct advanced stop lines.

A cycle lane from the Moyross/Kileely area will connect into the cycle lane from Caherdavin at Hassetts Cross. The road carriageway width on the Meelick Road from the junction with Killeely Road to the junction with Moyross is extremely narrow -7.3m approximately. It is proposed to construct a 1.25m on-road advisory cycle lane on either side of this road. A new pelican crossing may be erected on Killeely Road at the junction with the Meelick Road (Watch House Cross) to take cyclists travelling inbound across Killeely Road. The width of the carriageway from Watch House Cross to Hassetts Cross varies from 8.5m-9.2m. It is proposed to construct 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lanes along this section of roadway. At Hassetts Cross an advanced stop line is to be constructed.

The section of carriageway between Hassetts Cross and Thomond Bridge has a number of set-down and on-street parking areas at either side. Along the sections with on-street parking a buffer zone of 0.7m is to be constructed. Where space permits in these areas the buffer zone is to be constructed within the designated parking area rather than on the carriageway. The narrowest section along this route is at the pedestrian crossing where the road width is only 8.75 meters wide. It is proposed to construct 1.5m on-road advisory cycle lanes on either side of the carriageway as far as the junction with Thomond Gate. At the pedestrian crossing these lanes are to be reduced to 1.25m.

At this location the inbound cycle lane is to divert along Thomond Gate and Browns Quay and back onto High Road by Treaty Villas. Along the diverted inbound lane it is proposed to continue with the 1.5m wide advisory on-road cycle lane. The outbound cycle lane along this section is to be a 1.5m wide on-road advisory lane. The section of on-street parking is to be separated from the cycle lane by a 0.7m wide buffer zone.

The carriageway width of Thomond Bridge is 7m with a 1.8m wide footpath at either side. It is proposed to construct a 1.25m wide advisory cycle lane on either side of the carriageway on the bridge.

This type of cycle lane will be continued as far as the roundabout at Island Road. There is a short section of on-street parking along Castle Street where a buffer zone of 0.7m is to be constructed and the cycle lane constructed outside this zone.

The roundabout on Island Road is narrow and has a pedestrian barrier running around the external radius of the roundabout on one side. This junction being located on the N7 and one of the main access routes to the N18 means that it is extremely busy. It is proposed to construct 1.25m wide on-road advisory cycle lanes around the roundabout.

Between the roundabout and the Island Road/Athlunkard Street Junction it is proposed to construct a 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lane on either side of the carriageway. At the Island Road/Athlunkard Street Junction it is proposed to construct advanced stop lines to facilitate cyclists moving to the front of a queue of traffic. From this junction to the roundabout on Lock Quay across the Abbey Bridge it is proposed to continue the 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lanes. At this point the outbound lane will be taken across the road carriageway -a new pelican crossing may be erected. The inbound and outbound cycle lanes will merge and continue towards the entrance to the Canal at Lock Quay as a two-way cycle lane.

From Lock Quay to the Park Bridge there is a wide gritted track on both sides of the canal approximately 3m wide on either side with clearly marked verges and well-maintained hedges. It is possible to construct cycle tracks on either side of the canal along this section. At the Park Road Bridge it will be necessary to take the cycle track on the North side over the bridge and merge it with the cycle track on the south side. From the Park Bridge to the Guinness Bridge it is proposed to construct a 3m wide two way cycle track. At the Guinness Bridge it is possible to either continue on towards UL or alternatively, cross the bridge and travel towards Corbally via the Shannon Fields. The track from the Park Road Bridge to Richmond RFC is in bad condition and will require upgrading. However from Richmond RFC to the Guinness Bridge the track is in good condition. Cycle tracks have been included in the design of the Park Canal Rejuvenation Project.

From the Guinness Bridge to the County Boundary there is limited opportunity to widen the cycle track. However at the north side of the Guinness Bridge there is potential to widen the cycle track at various locations. The track is in reasonably good condition however there are a few pinch points, which will require addressing.

Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council will work together to ensure continuity to U.L./Plassey.

Last update:28/02/2007

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