Limerick Route 6: Garryowen Area

7.7 Route 6: Garryowen Area

Map of Limerick City Cycle Network

The proposed Garryowen Cycle Route serves Garryowen, Pennywell, Greenhills Road and Cathedral Place. It will link the N7 (Dublin Road) and the N24 (Tipperary Road) without taking the cyclist through the core of the city centre.

This cycle route will link in with the Ballysimon Road-Kilmallock Road cycle route where the outbound lane will run along Ballysimon Road and the inbound lane will run along the Kilmallock Road as far as The Pike. This cycle lane will then continue inbound along the left hand side (facing city centre) of Mulgrave Street as far as the pedestrian crossing in front of St. Josephs Hospital where the cycle lane will cross over to the opposite side of the carriageway. This lane is to be a 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lane.

At the junction of Mulgrave Street and Geraldine/Garryowen Villas the cycle lane will turn off and continue through Geraldine/Garryowen Villas as far as Garryowen Road. The cycle lane will continue as a 1.5m wide advisory on-road cycle lane along this section. There is on-street parking on both sides of Geraldine/Garryowen Villas, and a bus stop on both sides of the carriageway. The on-street parking along the city centre side of the road is to be removed and the cycle lane constructed along this side of the carriageway.

An outbound lane only linking into the Ballysimon Road Route will be constructed on the Greenhills Road from Geraldine Villas to the Pike. The average width of Greenhills Road from the junction of Geraldine Villas to the junction with Pike Avenue is 9.25m. Along this section of Greenhills Road a 1.5m wide on-road mandatory cycle lane is to be constructed. This cycle lane is to be continued from the junction of Pike Avenue to the Pike where the traffic flow is in one direction only and the average width of this section is 6.1m.

From the junction of Geraldine Villas to St. Johns National School the average width of the carriageway is 9m. A 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lane is to be constructed on both sides of the carriageway along this section. Unfortunately from this point to the junction with Cathedral Place/New Road the carriageway width reduces to 8m and further on then to 6m. However for continuity the 1.25m wide on-road advisory cycle lanes will be constructed on either side of the carriageway.

Along the length of Greenhills/Garryowen Road speed ramps have been constructed at various locations. These ramps may have to be re-aligned where the cycle lanes pass.

The average width of the carriageway along Cathedral place is 12.8m however there is on-street parking on the city centre side of the carriageway which leaves an effective width of 10.6m. A Buffer Zone of 0.7m will be required between the cycle lane and the parking bay so available road space will be reduced to 9.9m. Two 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lanes will be constructed along Cathedral Place. At the junction with Mulgrave Street the carriageway width reduces to 8.5m, parking is disallowed so just before this junction is reached the cycle lanes will reduce to 1.25m wide. Also the footpaths at this location are approximately 2m wide so reducing the footpaths on either side by 0.5m will result in 3.5m lanes for vehicular traffic.

At the opposite end of Cathedral Place outside St. Johns Cathedral the carriageway is 7.4m wide. The footpath outside the Cathedral is 3.4 m wide and to reduce the width of this footpath by 1m would still leave a 2.4m wide footpath in front of the cathedral and increase the carriageway width to 8.4m. Therefore it is proposed to continue the on-road advisory cycle lanes along this section but reduce the width of the lanes to 1.25m each.

Continuing on along New Road just past the junction with Garryowen Road the cycle lanes can again be increased in width to 1.5m on-road advisory. There is a pedestrian crossing with a central refuge island outside Sean's Shop on New Road but there is adequate space on either side of the island for a cycle lane. Between John Street junction and the junction with Lelia Street there is on-street parking at both sides of the carriageway. It is proposed to remove the parking on the side of St. Johns Hospital. This is only a short section of on-street parking and would result in a width of 10m being available for traffic and cycle lanes. A buffer zone of 0.7m will be constructed beside the on-street parking bay on the other side of the road. It is proposed to construct a 1.25m on-road advisory cycle lane on either side of this section of New Street.

It is proposed to divert the outbound cycle lane at Lelia Street junction down Lelia Street and along Old Clare Street back to Pennywell Road. The carriageway width reduces along this section of New Road and is only 7.3 m wide at the junction with Pennywell Gardens. However the footpath at this point is 2.6m wide so it is proposed to reduce it by 1m thereby giving a carriageway width of 8.3m. Between the junction of Lelia Street and Old Clare Street there is on-street parking beside the inbound lane. Taking a 2.2m wide parking bay and a 0.7m buffer zone leaves an effective width of 5.4m. It is proposed to construct a 1.25m wide advisory on-road cycle lane beside the buffer zone, which is to be the inbound cycle lane. The outbound cycle lane along Lelia Street is to be a 1.25m advisory on-road cycle lane constructed outside a buffer zone for parking. At the junction of Old Clare Street a cyclist/pedestrian crossing is to be erected where the cycle lane will continue along Old Clare Street up to Pennywell Road junction where the lane will continue on Pennywell Road. This lane along Old Clare Street is to be a 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lane. Public lighting along Old Clare Street must be increased.

Pennywell Road is approximately 9m wide with one pinch point at the pedestrian crossing where a 2m wide central refuge island has been constructed. It is proposed to construct 1.5m wide on-road advisory cycle lanes along the length of Pennywell Road.

At the pedestrian crossing it is proposed to reduce the width of the refuge island by 0.5m on the city side of the road as the existing width on this side of the island is 4m. At the Garryowen side of the island the existing width is 3.75m so it will be necessary to reduce the grass margin by 0.75m and realign this green strip.

Cycle lanes are being designed for the Park Road/Dublin Road Junction under Phase 2 of the Corbally Link Road. It is proposed to link in these lanes with the lanes on Pennywell Road.

Last update:28/02/2007

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