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Irish Times reports by Olivia Kelly on S2S


Two excellent articles by journalist Olivia Kelly in the Irish Times Saturday 6th May following the opening of the Dollymount Section of the S2S.  They are also on the I.T. website at the following links:   Missing link’ in Dublin Bay cycle path opens in Clontarf   How 2km of cycle path in Clontarf became a 25-year saga


S2S Dollymount Opens -5th May 2017


Today the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr formally opened the 2Km stretch of the S2S between the Wooden Bridge and the Causeway to the Bull Island. For supporters of the S2S it was a momentous occasion, being the first section to be completed since the campaign was started in 2001.  There is now a continuous off- road walkway and cycleway all the way from Sutton to East Wall.  Fantastic! [caption id="attachment_775" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Lord Mayor Brendan Carr Cuts the Tape[/caption] [caption id="attachment_777" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Among the attendance: Ciaran Cuffe (Dublin City Council), Clara Clark (S2S & Cycling Without Age) and Colm Ryder (Dublin Cycling Campaign).[/caption]  


Cycling Without Age comes to Ireland!


Cycling Without Age is a Danish concept created in 2012 www.cyclingwithoutage.org). The idea is to take residents of nursing and care homes out for a spin on a specially designed rickshaw bicycle, piloted by volunteer cyclists. Clara Clark & Charles Mollan were granted the first Irish royalty-free licence. Clara is a long-time S2S group member. The first rickshaw bike arrived in Dublin on Monday, 13th March 2017. We were delighted to take up the invitation from the Dublin Cycling Campaign to participate in the Dublin St Patrick’s Day Parade under the banner of 200 Years of Cycling. See the photo of us at the start of the parade.  We purchased this first bike from personal funds, so as to have a model to demonstrate to nursing homes and sponsors. We hope to have this bike crowd-funded. Now that we have the bike here, we will be happy to talk to people, organisations, nursing homes, potential sponsors and others about how to promote the concept of Cycling Without Age (www.cyclingwithoutage.ie) here. We already have expressions of interest from some sponsors and organisations, and offers from volunteer pilots, whom we will train in the bike’s use.  Please let us know if you would like more information. Clara Clark & Charles Mollan www.cyclingwithoutage.ie clara@claraclark.ie  Tel: 087-2515439; 01-2898533 17 Pine Lawn, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin


New Electric Bike Tours from Dublin City to Howth to use the S2S


1365414480 In an exciting new development, Electric Bike sellers Greenaer are planning to use the S2S route for their new venture which introduces guided tours from Dublin City center along the coastal route to Howth. They are expecting to start with an industry led focus group on the 4th April from their base in just off Pearse St. Dublin 2 heading to Howth.  Director of the company, Olivier Vander Elst is confident that they will be making great use of the infrastructure. The announcement confirms what supporters of the S2S project have always believed - when completed, the S2S has enormous potential as an attraction and an amenity for Dubliners and visitors to the city.  We have no doubt that the venture will be a great success and wish them well.


S2S Briefing - All you need to know on Two pages.


What is the S2S?  Why is in the News?  Why is it worth supporting?.  Check out this short briefing document:-   161124-s2s-briefing-paper-nov-2016


Great Meeting of S2S Supporters 15th November 2015


We thank the large number of Supporters and Public Representatives that attended the meeting in the Tara Towers Hotel on 15th November. There was a presentation of the proposals for the Sandymount/Merrion/Blackrock Study s2s-presentation-nov-2016  and a lively discussion of the issues. In the end, there was consensus around the following resolution: 1:  Accept the proposals as a significant step forward.    2:  Express the hope that the required environmental assessments would demonstrate that the need to protect birds/ habitats can be reconciled with the provision of (a) sustainable transport systems and  (b) access to amenity for the community. 3:  Work towards the provision of a fully coastal cycle / pedestrian route as the preferred option. It is expected that the NTA will hold public meetings on the proposals on the 22nd and 23rd of November in the Tara Towers Hotel.  Supporters of the S2S Project are urged to attend those meetings and contribute in support of the project. Note:   16th December 2016: Final Date for the submission of comments to the NTA  


NTA Report - Initial Comments and Notice of Meeting


Supporters of the S2S Project are invited to a meeting which will be held on Tuesday 15th November at 7.30 pm in the Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the proposals and the background in more detail and to discuss the approach we will take to the submission which must be submitted before the 16th December 2016. We attach a paper in which we present our initial analysis and reaction to the report and hope that you will find helpful in understanding the proposals and issues. A copy of the paper may be found here:  s2s-initial-comment-on-the-sandymount-blackrock-study-nov-2016 If you wish to read the NTA report in full and check the supporting documents, please go to the following NTA website.https://www.nationaltransport.ie/consultations/nta-opens-consultation-on-ambitious-proposals-to-tackle-merrion-gate-bottleneck/


New Plan for S2S in South Dublin Bay – October 2016


Supporters of the S2S project will welcome the publication by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport of a new plan for a cycleway and pedestrian walkway between Sandymount and Seapoint along Dublin Bay. A copy of the summary report may be found at the following link: https://www.nationaltransport.ie/consultations/nta-opens-consultation-on-ambitious-proposals-to-tackle-merrion-gate-bottleneck/ nta-report-cover The report seeks to resolve many of the issues that have prevented the S2S project from proceeding for the past ten years and comes up with a number of novel solutions. Among the challenges that the authors have addressed is the bottleneck at the Merrion Gates.  The solution which would replace the existing level crossing with a bridge over the railway some 200m north of the existing gates, is most imaginative. There are many other very good ideas and proposals for most parts of the S2S route although there will be some disappointment that a solution has not been found which would allow it to be constructed on the seafront for the section between Merrion Gates and Blackrock. A more detailed comment on the report will be published here in the coming days when we have had time to consider the documents. Admin S2S


S2S - What’s Happening? 14th Feb 2016


Supporters wishing to raise the matter of the matter of the S2S project with politicians canvassing their support in the coming elections and may be wondering about progress, or the lack of it.  The following is the position as of the beginning of 2016- fifteen years since the idea was first proposed. The project can be broken into three main sections- the North Bay from Sutton to East Wall, the South Bay from Sandymount to Dun Laoghaire and the City Centre section from Alfie Byrne Road to Sean Moore Road. The North Bay. Of the 9kms from Sutton to Alfie Byrne Road, all but 2kms of promenade and cycleway exists in some shape or form. Work started at the end of 2014 on the missing 2kms section between the Wooden Bridge and the causeway at Dollymount.  The creation of the walkway and cycleway for this section was combined with the laying of a major water main (needed to complete the north city ring main) and the improvement in the flood defences.  The works were stopped in mid-2015 following protests by local residents about the height and finish of the new sea wall.  Following discussions between representatives of the community and Dublin City Council, a further issue emerged with regard to DCC’s entitlement to continue with the works during the winter months.  It is understood that an accommodation was reached whereby work would be suspended on the sea wall but could continue on the water main and the cycleway and footpath, until the other matters were resolved.  That remains the position. It is reported in the Irish Times of 12th Feb that in a draft report seen by that newspaper, Dr. Jimmy Murphy of University College Cork, who was engaged by the council to review the height of the flood defense wall, suggested it be reduced by 10cm-20cm.  It is also understood that sections of the concrete wall may be clad in granite.  It is hoped that the difficulties will be sorted out and the new section will be open in 2016.  This will provide a continuous traffic free cycleway from Sutton to East Wall and complete the northern section of the project which is a major step in completing the overall project. The South Bay It is approximately 9kms from Ringsend to Sandycove.  There is at present no seafront cycleway for approximately 4kms between Sean Moore Road and Seapoint.  The existing promenade at Sandymount, which is very popular with residents and visitors means that there is less new walkway to be provided.  The missing section has proved to be difficult, mainly because of the issues to do with the designation of the entire area of South Dublin Bay a habitat for seabirds.  At the heart of the difficulties is the discussion as to the relative importance of Dublin Bay as a habitat for seabirds as against the potential of providing a traffic-free cycleway and promenade from Sandycove to the City Centre on a miniscule part of the overall area. The project would provide significant benefits for the environment.  It would also allow the citizens and visitors to reconnect with the Bay in a manner that has not happened for 60 years. At the end of 2014 the National Transport Authority with the support of Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council appointed consulting engineers AECOM + Roughan & O’Donovan (AECOM-ROD) along with Scott Cawley (Ecology Consultants) to undertake a new design and environment scoping study of the proposal.  It is understood that a draft report was completed and submitted to the NTA by the summer of 2015.  A presentation of the draft report was given to members of a joint committee of Councillors from DCC and DLRCC in October2015.  The report has not yet been published however and the reason is not clear.  It is to be hoped that will happen soon and that it will provide a way forward with this section of the route. The City Centre Dublin City Council plans to construct two new pedestrian/cycleway bridges to the east of the Samuel Beckett Bridge which will connect the North Side to the Grand Canal Docks area.  There is also the possibility of upgrading the East Link Bridge by adding a boardwalk to the upstream side of the deck. It has also been a long term objective of the Council to build a bridge across the Dodder /Grand Canal Gut, where it meets the Liffey.  A new bridge in this location would link Sir John Rogerson’s Quay with Ringsend and on to Sandymount for cycles and pedestrians.  It would also be used for public transport, but not private cars or trucks.  The Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan published by the NTA has identified several potential routes in this section including through Ringsend Park and connections to the River Dodder Greenway and the Royal Canal Greenway with links through the East Wall area. There are therefore a number of possible routes to connect the North and South sections of the S2S and it is possible that DCC will provide more than one route through this section to facilitate better access for cyclists and walkers to the growing commercial centre of Dublin. Other Developments Aside from these developments, the proposal to develop an East Coast Greenway extending from Drogheda to Arklow (with the S2S at the heart of it), has gained widespread public support.  It is likely to be incorporated in most, if not all, of new Local Authority Development Plans which will be adopted in the next couple of years.  Plans by Fingal County Council to construct a section of this across the Malahide Estuary are already well advanced.  When completed, this will provide a significant boost to the overall vision. In summary, progress has been painfully slow. The works to complete the northern section of the route are stalled.  While there is work going on behind the scenes to come up with practical proposals for the city centre and the south bay sections, no actual plans have been published.  The project needs all the community and political support that it can get and supporters are asked to let the politicians know their views on the importance of the project. Michael Collins (michael@s2s.ie) For S2S


Councillors view Blackrock section of S2S route - September 2015


Councillors in Dublin BayA group of Councillors from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council walked a part of the possible route for the S2S near Blackrock on Saturday 19th September at low tide. The group, all of whom are members of the Joint Committee set up by councillors from Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire, included (L-R); Cllr Barry Ward (DLRCC), Cllr Kate Feeney (DLRCC), Christopher Manzira (DCC), Cllr Melisa Halpin DLRCC, Cllr Deirdre Kingston (DLRC). They are pictured here with Anne Devine (DLRCC)be  and Clara Clarke (S2S). The purpose of the walk was to allow the Councillors to acquaint themselves with the challenges and opportunities that the project presents in the context of the new study of the project which is being undertaken by the National Transport Authority. Members of the group expressed their support for the project, citing its attractions as a public amenity and facility for commuter and leisure cyclists. Its potential to provide members of the community and visitors with the possibility of enjoying the Bay and it birdlife without having to walk on the beach and disturb the birds. Some saw it as presenting a new beginning for Dublin and its relationship to the Bay. Everyone is anxious to see the outcome of the study by the National Transport Authority but there is as yet no indication as to when it will be published.


Work Starts on Dollymount Section of S2S May 2015


The Irish Tomes reports today, 20th May, that construction of the €5 million“missing link” of the Dublin Bay cycle path is starting this week, more than a decade after planning of the route began. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/work-on-5m-clontarf-section-of-dublin-bay-cycle-path-starts-1.2218425


Work to start on 2Kms of S2S near Bull Island in 6 weeks! - the Irish Times 17th Feb 2015.


The first actual construction since the project was first proposed in 2001.  Congratulations and thanks to Dublin City Council, the Department of Transport and Tourism and the National Transport Authority for this major step forward. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment  


Councillors appoint members of S2S Joint Committee -Feb 2015


Councillors of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council have set up a Joint Committee to promote the S2S project.  On their own initiative, the Councillors have completed the necessary procedures to establish a joint committee to co-ordinate their actions in support of the project. The move came with the support of all of the main political parties. The purpose of the committee is to co-ordinate the response of the Councillors to the new feasibility study of the project that is being undertaken on behalf of the National Transport Authority. The study is focussed on the missing section of the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway between Sandymount and Seapoint. It is expected that a draft report will be published for public consultation in March 2015. The membership of the joint committee are as follows: The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown members are: Deirdre Donnelly              (Independent – Stillorgan) Kate Feeney                      (Fianna Fáil – Blackrock) Melissa Halpin                   (People before Profit – Dún Laoghaire) Deirdre Kingston                (Labour – Blackrock) Ossian Smyth                     (Green Party – Dún Laoghaire) Barry Ward                         (Fine Gael – Blackrock) The Dublin City members are: Kieran Binchy                     (Fine Gael – Pembroke South-Dock) Claire Byrne                        (Green Party  – Pembroke South-Dock) Mannix Flynn                     (Independent  – Pembroke South-Dock) Jane Horgan-Jones          (Labour – Clontarf) Frank Kennedy                 (Fianna Fáil – Pembroke South-Dock) The action by the Councillors is clear evidence of the strong support that continues to exist in the main political parties. It is to be hoped that members of the community who support this great project will indicate that to the Councillors. S2S Admin Team


Renewed Prospects for S2S in 2015 - January 2015


Just when it appears that everyone in authority has forgotten about the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway, something unexpected happens. The National Transport Authority with the support of Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have recently appointed consulting engineers AECOM + Roughan & O’Donovan (AECOM-ROD) along with Scott Cawley (Ecology Consultants) to undertake a new design and environment scoping study of the the proposal. The study is focussed on the only remaining 4kms which is missing on the seafront in the South Dublin Bay. It covers approximately 1km at Sandymount to link Sean Moore Park with the promenade at the Beach Road and approximately 3km from Merrion Gates to Seapoint. The appointments follow on the completion of a study and proposals by the NTA for the future development of a network of cycleways for the whole of the Greater Dublin Region which were published in 2013 (Draft Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan (NTA, 2013).  It identified a number of potential “Greenways”- routes that could be established in scenic or otherwise undeveloped areas and which could act as route for leisure as well as commuter cycling.  One such Greenway, known as the East Coast Trail is proposed to run along the coast from Drogheda to Arklow.  The section in Dublin Bay, coincides with the route of the S2S which was first put forward in 2001. It is understood that the new study is already underway. It is expected that a draft will be published in March 2015 and members of the public will be invited to comment on the findings and recommendations. In an unusual act of solidarity, Councillors from across the political spectrum in both Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils have agreed to form a joint committee to support the project. This is a most exciting and welcome development. The issues, most particularly those to do with the designation of South Dublin Bay as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and an Area of Special Protection (SPA), remain to be resolved. The study now commissioned by the NTA however represents the best opportunity to find solutions that will allow this wonderful project to proceed and we should be grateful to the NTA for taking this initiative. There is little doubt that a positive outcome would be welcomed by the local communities and those citizens with an interest in promoting cycling and healthy living. S2S Admin Team January 2015


National Bike Week Photocall Event in support of S2S. Booterstown Dart Station, Wednesday 18th June at 1.00pm. People, Families, Walkers and Cyclists, all Invited to Attend.


As part of National Bike Week and following on the recent Local Government elections, the event has been arranged to allow supporters of S2S to show their support for the project and to meet some of the newly elected councillors whose support is also needed to get the project going again. Everyone is invited and asked to bring  friends and relatives. Come by Bike, Bus, Dart or Shanks Mare, whatever suits. As we do not have any tee-shirts with S2S branding, could we all wear one colour? Perhaps bright blue tee-shirts or tops would be nice? The S2S logo is blue, so blue would be good. For further information contact: Clara Clark - email: clara@claraclark.ie - mobile: 087 251 5439 or Michael Collins - email: michael@S2S.ie -  mobile: 086 106 8200 S2S Support Team


Booterstown to Dun Laoghaire Cycle Route- May 2014


Finally, over ten years after Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council first adopted the S2S proposal and included it in its development plans, the first practical steps are being taken by the Council to upgrade the cycleway along a small but important section of the route. The section of cycleway that is proposed to be upgraded goes from the Martello Tower at Seapoint to Dun Laoghaire Harbour and is approximately 2 kms long. The proposal has been included as part of plan for an improvement in the cycle way from Booterstown to Dun Laoghaire. Details of the plan can be found on the Council’s website at http://www.dlrcoco.ie/media/media,10380,en.pdf . The Council have invited comments on the plan which should be sent to cycling@dlrcoco.ie or the main transportation section. The improvement of the cycle network generally is to be supported and the proposal to put part of this route on the seafront at Seapoint is very much welcomed. The manner in which it is implemented is crucial and this will not become clear until the detailed design stage of the process is reached. The route has a number challenges: • The start of the route is at Booterstown Dart Station beyond which cyclists will have to negotiate the Merrion Road. • The section between Blackrock Park and Blackrock Dart Station is less than one meter wide and is shared with pedestrians. It is simply not viable as it stands. • It is difficult to see how a segregated cycleway can be accommodated at Idrone Terrace without removing the existing parking facilities on one side of the road, which may be seen as detrimental to the commercial viability of Blackrock. • The proposed section on Seapoint Avenue is part of the N31 serving Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It is narrow and carries high volumes of traffic, including large trucks and coaches accessing the Dun Laoghaire town centre and the ferry. • The area around Seapoint Martello Tower incorporating the traditional bathing area and access to the foreshore has enormous potential as an amenity. The access to the existing cycleway at this point is very steep and the manner in which this is resolved and integrated into the existing landscape will be challenging. • The section of the existing route alongside the Coal Harbour is a little more than 4 meters wide and currently has to cater for two way vehicle traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. It will need to be widened by means of an extended boardwalk. • The change of level and the confluence of heavy traffic at the Coal Harbour Bridge make for a very unfriendly, if not unsafe, section for cyclists and pedestrians. The Council should be urged to utilize the disused section of railway track under the bridge to provide a level, segregated, section of cycleway and pedestrian route to resolve these issues. Overall, it should also be remembered that this is a proposal to improve the cycle network only and does not therefore have any proposals to improve facilities for walkers who wish to enjoy the amenity of Dublin Bay, such as that provided by the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway. The difficulties inherent in providing level, traffic free cycleways on existing roads such as Seapoint Avenue and the Merrion Rd also reinforce the compelling case to for the S2S proposal. The point is made in the overall study of the cycle network in the County which rates the attractions of the S2S as “A1” whereas parts of this route are rated as “C”. Overall the Council is to be commended for seeking to improve the cycle network and this proposal is welcome in that context. It should not however be seen as an alternative to the S2S project or used to divert efforts to promote that project which complete the 22 km long seafront cycleway and promenade around Dublin Bay.


New Plan for Blackrock includes S2S on the Seafront- January 2014


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has announced  its intention to prepare a new Local Area Plan for Blackrock and is inviting interested parties to make suggestions or forward ideas in writing during the period  8th January, 2014 to  5th February, 2014 (inclusive). Details of the plan may be found at the following web address: http://www.dlrcoco.ie/newsevents/latestnews/title,10201,en.html

The Council started this process in back in May 2013 but had to abandon it and start all over again because of problems that arose with the administrative process.  In the new plan, the Council has adopted a less prescriptive approach generally and a different attitude to the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway.  Supporters will be pleased to hear that the threat to abandon the S2S in the 2013 plan is replaced in Section 2.11 of the 2014 Plan by the stated aim: - "To promote the development of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Promenade and Cycleway." It is shown clearly in the attached map on the seafront.  This is indeed a welcome change.

Much credit must go to those supporters who made submissions to DLRCC in May 2013 calling on the Council to change the policy and also to those Councillors who gallantly supported that call with great conviction and eloquence at the June 2013 Council debate. 

The new plan recognises the conflict that arises between the historic use of Dublin Bay as an amenity for the citizens with the recently proposed designation of the South Bay area by the National Parks and Wildlife Section as a habitat for birds. The plan asks the question- how can these be reconciled? Anyone with views on this should make a submission to the Council.

Just as we have been critical of the Council when it has failed to stand by its own commitments in the past or ignored the clear wishes of the community, we should now equally commend the Council for having the courage to change its policy and do the right thing.   

Submissions and observations may be made by email to the following address: blackrock2lap@dlrcoco.ie and should state your name, address, and where relevant, the body represented.

All other written submissions and observations should be marked for the attention of:

Director of Services,

Planning & Enterprise Department,

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,

County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire,

Co. Dublin.


New Cycleway Plan for Greater Dublin Area - September 2013


The National Transport Authority (NTA) has published a draft Cycle Network Plan for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) It is the most ambitious and comprehensive study ever undertaken of the matter and covers an area from Arklow to Dundalk along the coast and inland as far as Portlaoise, Mullingar and Virginia. The main objective for this plan stems from the National Cycle Policy Framework’s commitment to ensuring that 10% of all journeys by 2020 will be by bicycle. This follows a concerted attempt by all government bodies and organizations to ensure that cycling as a transport mode is supported, enhanced and exploited, in order to achieve strategic objectives and reach national goals. Three classes of cycleway are envisaged: • An Urban Cycle Network, these cater for the main cycle arteries within the city centre, link principle and local zones and cycle routes within the local zones. • The Inter-urban Cycle Network, connecting the urban cycle network routes (Light Blue lines on maps); • The Green Route Network (Greenways), these predominately along the tourist/recreation routes providing for both leisure and commuter cycling.   

Supporters of the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway will be pleased to know that it is included in the last of these categories as the central section of a Greenway that extends from Dundalk to Arklow, almost all of it along the coast. The proposed route for the S2S in the urban area is also on the coast from Sutton to Fairview and from Sandymount to Dun Laoghaire. Instead of continuing to Sandycove however, it diverts inland along the line of the Metals (the original Dalkey rail line) and into Dalkey Village. This makes it easier to get continuity south to Killiney and on to Bray and Arklow. The plan does not preclude a short extension from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Sandycove. Unlike the recent proposal by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the clear objective of the NTA plan is to put the cycleway on the seafront outside the Dart Line. The initial environmental screening study notes however that there may be a conflict with the designation of South Dublin Bay as a Habitat for Birds and that a detailed Appropriate Assessment will be needed to finally ascertain whether it will be permitted in this location or not. This poses the biggest risk to the completion of the seafront promenade and cycleway as curreently envisaged. Overall the plan is welcome and the Department of Transport and Tourism and the National Transport Authority should be commended for their work in preparing it. The next stage in the process will be of great significance in determining whether the S2S project will be completed or not. The draft Plan and associated Strategic Environmental Assessment Report and Appropriate Assessment Reports can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.nationaltransport.ie/public-consultations/current/cycle-network/  Written submissions and observations can be submitted using the form on the opening page. All submissions must include the full name and address of the person making the submission and where relevant the name of the body or organization represented. Closing date for all submissions in relation to all the relevant and supporting documents is Monday 14th October 2013 at 5pm.


Important Council Debate on S2S Project - June 2013


For anyone interested in the S2S project, the debate at the June meeting of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council meeting is a must see.   There were excellent contributions from ten Councillors (all supporting the project and a response from the Manager explaining why there has been no progress with it.  For anyone who made a submission in relation to the Blackrock Area Plan, or is just interested in the project, it will be particularly interesting.  The video recording of the meeting  can be found at the following address:  http://www.dlrcoco.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/106207 Scroll down to about 2.12.00 (2 hours and 12 minutes into the meeting)  to see the full S2S debate from the beginning.


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council plans to abandon the Seafront Project- May 2013


Just at the moment when Dublin City Council announce they are to proceed with the last remaining section of the S2S project on the Seafront at Dollymount in the North Dublin Bay,  Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) has announced that it plans to abandon the seafront location for the S2S in the South Dublin Bay.  It now plans to “re-route” it away from the seafront into Blackrock Park and on to the Merrion Road.  The new policy is set out in Section 9 of the recently published Draft Blackrock Local Area Plan.  If implemented, there will be no seafront walkway or cycleway between Sandymount and Dun Laoghaire. Of the total 22 kms around Dublin Bay only 4 Kms is now missing on the available seafront and it is this section that DLRCC proposes to abandon. It is simply incredible that a vision which has such public support and in which so much time, effort and public money has been invested by the Department of Transport Trade and Tourism, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the Dublin Transport Authority, the Dublin Regional Authority and (in former times) by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, can be destroyed by the actions of the officials in one local authority.  It should be noted that the majority of the Councillors in Dun Laoghaire have consistently supported the S2S project. The likely negative impact on the local habitats is given as the reason for abandoning the seafront location and the re-routing of it into Blackrock Park (and then onto the Merrion Road).  Note that it is the likely impact on which the decision is made.  While it is acknowledged that The National Parks and Wildlife Service have expressed concern about the proposal, the process by which developments are determined to be acceptable or not, is clearly set out in the Habitats Directives. It requires a study called an Appropriate Assessment to be undertaken by the relevant Local Authority before a decision can be made as to whether a proposal can or cannot proceed.  No such Appropriate Assessment has been made by DLRCC and furthermore the Council officials have made it clear that they have no intention of undertaking one.  Instead, they rely on their judgement that the process is unlikely to succeed and therefore not worth starting.  Thus DLRCC is not only denying the community the right to have the matter formally assessed in accordance with the legislation, the Council has prejudged the outcome of such a study, significantly damaging the possibility of the matter receiving an impartial hearing. What is even more frustrating in all of this is that DLRCC could just go ahead and do what they are proposing to upgrade the existing cycleway in Blackrock Park and around the Dart Station without any reference to the S2S project in the draft Blackrock Local Area Plan.  The fact that they have not done so but instead have stated that they are re-routing the S2S project inland, leads one to believe that their intention is not so much focussed on creating new facilities as stopping the S2S being completed on the seafront.  Adoption of the plan as drafted will prevent others who still believe in the vision and would wish to continue to seek solutions to the issues from doing so, destroying the hopes and aspirations other Government agencies and Local Authorities with a direct interest in the S2S project as well as the thousands of citizens who wish to see the S2S project proceed. The S2S group has made a detailed submission to DLRCC in relation to the matter, a copy of which can be found here. Any member of the public may make submissions to the Council and we earnestly request all those who feel strongly about the matter to do so. The closing date for submissions is the 20th June 2013. Submissions and observations may be made in one of the following ways:- 1.Write to: Senior Executive Officer, Planning and Enterprise Department, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire.   2.Email to: blackrocklap@dlrcoco.ie Note:

  • Children, or groups or associations representing the interests of children, are entitled to make submissions or observations. (How many parents wish to allow their children to cycle on the Merrion Road?)
  • All submissions and observations should include your name and a contact address and where relevant, details of any organisation, community group or company etc., which you represent.
  • Please make your submission by one medium only, i.e. hard copy or e-mail.
  Supporters who wish to contact us in connection with the issue may do so by e-mail to support@s2s.ie   Michael


At Last- Real Progress May 2013


It is just over 12 years since we started this campaign and while much has been achieved in getting the project acccepted by the numerous authorities that control such matters, nothing has happened "on the ground"  That is about to change.  Dublin City Coucil has completed the relevant process under the Planning Act and the Councillors have voted to proceed with the missing section at Dollymount.  More detail is available in earlier posts. Work will start this year and it is expected to be complete by next year. In a related but unexpected announcement by Michael Philips, Dublin City Engineer, the Council has decided to move forward with the section of the S2S  from Fairview to Ringsend including  crossing the Liffey.  Let's hope they can include a small pedestrian/cycle bridge linking Sir John Rogersons Quay to Ringsend, across the junction of the Dodder river with the Liffey.  What a difference that would make! Dublin City Council officials and Councillors are to be congratulated on the positive actions they have taken to move the project forward.  They stand in stark contrast to the apathy that persists with officials in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, where a section of 4kms where there is no seafront walkway or cycleway remains to complete the 22Kms. More information on the decision by Dublin City Council can be found in this article which appeard in the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/councillors-approve-35m-plan-for-dublin-bikes-expansion-1.1392187


Irish Heart Foundation Welcomes Initiative


The Slí na Sláinte campaign, run by the Irish Heart Foundation, has expressed strong support for the campaign. In a letter to S2S dated 8th August 2002, chairman Paddy Murphy describes the proposal as an innovative and simple idea that would compliment and enhance their plans for public walkway facilities in Dublin. The campaign is aimed at improving public health by encouraging people to take more exercise by walking regularly. To see the full text of the letter click here  


Support from Sustrans


Sustrans the internationally recognised organisation promoting sustainable transport solutions has strongly endorsed the S2S proposal. In a letter to the campaign dated 8th May 2003, they state: "We very much hope that this stunning coastal promenade and associated landscaping will provide a section of the long distance cross border cycle route and a section of the all Ireland Cycle Network. It is likely that it will be the most used cycle route in all of Ireland". To see the full text of the letter click here.


DLRCC Development Plan 2004-2010


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have just published for public comment their Draft Development Plan 2004-2010 and they have included a coastal walk and cycleway from Booterstown to Sandycove, with the intention to continue it south along the coast to the County boundary at Bray. This is indeed very good news and we congratulate DLRCC on their decision. Read the detailed extract from the Draft Development Plan here. You will find the full draft development plan on the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council website here. It would be very good for the campaign if the Council were to be made aware of the widespread support that exists for the coastal promenade and cycleway. People who wish to express their support for the proposal are encouraged to do so by either writing or e-mailing the Council at devplan@dlrcoco.ie. The standard form for making a written submission can be found at the Council's website here. Note: Submissions to the Council must be submitted before July 1st 2003.  


IRHA Endorses S2S Proposal


Arising out of a discussion on NewsTalk 106, S2S has received an e-mail of support from Jimmy Quinn of the IRHA. To read the full text of this and other e-mails check the support page.irhalogo


S2S Submission to Council June 23rd 2003


S2S has made a submission to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in relation to their Draft Development Plan 2004-2010. See the full text of the letter.  


Letter from EU Commissioner June 27th


  David Byrne has, in a private capacity, been a strong supporter of the S2S campaign since it started. In a letter to the group dated 27th June 2003 as EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, he expresses his support for the proposal. " Not only is this exciting because of the pleasure it will provide to so many people but it will also greatly contribute to the improvement of public health." Read the full text of the letter in PDF format.


Martello Tower at Seapoint


The Genealogical Society of Ireland is restoring and refurbishing the beautiful Martello Tower at Seapoint as a permanent base for their archives. In an e-mail message to S2S, which we have posted in the support page, Secretary Michael Merrigan reports that they expect to open the centre in 2004 in this landmark building. This very welcome enterprise will be perhaps the first of a series of new attractions along the S2S route. For more information, visit the web site of theGenealogical Society of Ireland  


Dublin Bay Cycle Event


THE DUBLIN BAY FUN CYCLE (Sun 21 Sep 03) FROM HOWTH VILLAGE TO BLACKROCK PARK AND BACK. BRING YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO CAN RIDE A BIKE! The fun cycle is organised by the Diabetes Federation of Ireland. It has the theme 'Life is Better Under Seven' because it aims to raise awareness among the 200,000 Irish people with diabetes of a vital long-term blood sugar reading known as A1c. For further information on how to participate please contact the Diabetes Federation of Ireland on 1850 909 909 or log onto www.diabetes.ie


DLRCC Development Plan Progress


crestDun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council received over 2500 submissions on the draft development plan from members of the public. There was strong support in several submissions for the S2S promenade and cycleway. The Councillors will debate the plan over several meetings in November and December 2003. Neither the Manager or any of the Councillors have proposed any alteration to the S2S proposal as set out in the draft development plan and it is expected to be approved.  


November 14th 2003 Tenders invited for S2S Design and Environmental Report!


In what can only be seen as a major milestone for the S2S campaign, the Dublin Regional Authority, on behalf of Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the Dublin Transportation Office, have advertised in Irish and EU journals for consultants to carry out a Preliminary Design Study and Environmental Report for the provision of a promenade and cycleway from Sutton to Sandycove. The move has also been supported by the Minister of Transport, Seamus Brennan TD, who has committed €50,000 towards the cost of the study. The remainder will be funded by the participating bodies. The expectation is that tenders will be submitted early in December and that consultants will be appointed immediately thereafter. Read the full text of the advertisement here.  


Tenders Submitted for Design and Environmental Study


The Dublin Regional Authority has received 14 proposals from groups comprised of leading professionals in the environmental, engineering, architectural and planning fields for the design and environmental study on the S2S proposal. A short list has been prepared and interviews of the short-listed candidates will be held in mid-February. It is expected that an appointment will be made very shortly thereafter and that the study will be underway by March 2004. dralogo


Feb-2004: S2S included in Dublin City Plan


Dublin City Council is the latest local authority to include the S2S proposal in its new draft development plan. The Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2005-2011 will be on public display for a period of 10 weeks, from Monday 2nd February, 2004 to Thursday, 15th April, 2004 (excluding public holidays). The full text of the plan together with dates and venues at which the plan can be viewed, can be found under Services-Planning at Dublin City Council web-site. This is another great boost for the campaign. We ask all supporters of the S2S project to write to Dublin City Council expressing their support for the proposal. Written submissions or observations, marked "Draft Development Plan" should be submitted to the Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.


March-2004 DRA Appoints Consultants


Another milestone has been reached in the campaign to promote the Sandycove to Sutton Cycleway and Promenade. On Friday 27th February, 2004, ffollowing interviews of a short list of consultants, the Dublin Regional Authority has accepted the recommendation of the interview board and appointed a consortium to undertake the design and environmental study of the proposal. The Consortium is lead by WSP and included AWN Consulting, Ryan Hanley and Tiros Resources. The consortium will start work immediately and is expected to complete the project by next summer. The importance of this study lies in the fact that it will look at the entire route as a single entity. All of the Local Authorities along with the Department of Transport, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the Dublin Transportation Office are supporting the study.


Public Support for the project.


Support for the project continues to grow. In a letter to Dublin City Council advocating support, Clara Clarke has encapsulated much of what we would hope for the proposal. To quote from her submission:Clara "As a regular cyclist and walker, I can see the huge merits of this project, which will reclaim the coastline and access to the sea, beaches, and fresh air, safe and removed from cars, lorries and roads. The S2S route, once established, will be used by commuters, families, staff during lunch and break times, as well as exercisers. It will finally encourage people out of cars, even off buses, to avail of the pleasant, SAFER, and environmentally friendlier route to and from their places of work, and as a mode of transport. It will allow students and school-children a quicker, healthier, more fun way of getting to/from school/college." The full text of Clara's mail can be read in the Support section.


More Support from Irish Heart Foundation


IrishHeartFoundation The following is the text of an e-mail we received from Brian Maurer, Medical Director, Irish Heart Foundation : "Warmly support this initiative of which I have only just learned. Can we be of help in progressing the work. With increasing energy costs there will be no better time to start lobbying vigorously." Brian Maurer 12th September 2005


April 2006 Website active again!


We regret that due to technical difficulties and a lack of resources (it happens in all voluntary groups from time to time) -this site has not been updated for some time. We are pleased to announce that we have solved the problems and that the site will be updated regularly from now on. The many supporters will be pleased to know that activity in support of the project has continued and that significant progress has been made. We would hope to be able to report on that in the near future.


May 2006 Consultants Report Published


dralogo On 16th May 2006 the Dublin Regional Authority adopted the WSP report on the S2S project. The entire 22kms has been studied and the environmental and other issues have been identified. A preferred route and alternatives have been proposed and a preliminary estimate has been made of the cost of completing the first phase of the project. This phase is to complete those sections of the route where no promenade or cycleway now exist. At the same meeting of the authority, the Members, who are drawn from the elected Councillors of the 4 Dublin authorities, voted to get each of its members to include the S2S project in its political party's manifesto. The completion of the report and its adoption by the authorities now opens up the way for the project to proceed to the next stage, which includes detailed design and full environmental impact studies. The process will also involve discussions with the stakeholders, including local communities and residents living near the route. It is estimated that the entire of Phase 1 could be completed in less than 4 years, if it is started immediately. The full report can be obtained from the Dublin Regional Authority and will be available on their website very soon.


June-2006: Proposals invited for feasibility study.


We are delighted to learn that Dublin City Council has invited proposals for the feasibility DCC_logostudy and environmental assessment for a section of the project. This is the first such decision by a Local Authority in relation to the promenade and cycleway and is hugely significant. The full text of the advertisement can be seen here . The following is an abstract from the public notice: "The proposed promenade and cycleway is located on the seaward side of James Larkin Road between the North Bull Island Causeway and the Wooden Bridge at Dollymount, North Dublin. The proposed width is 8 metres and the project extent is approximately 2 kilometres. The scope of the services required include a Feasibility Study and, if the scheme is found to be feasible, a Preliminary Design is to be carried out. The scope of the Feasibility Study will involve a detailed examination of existing data, selection of feasible options after detailed environmental and statutory aspects have been assessed and the determination of cost estimates for these feasible options."


Government Support for S2S Project Announced November 2006


A new milestone in the campaign was reached today (12th Nov) when the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern T.D. and the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Dick Roche T.D. announced their commitment to promote and support the proposal to upgrade and join up various existing sections of promenade and cycleways to form a continuous route around the 22kms seafront of Dublin Bay. The announcement was made in a press briefing and photo call on the seafront at Clontarf. This is seen as a huge boost to the campaign and follows meetings between members of the group and the Taoiseach and the Minister. A full copy of the press release can be found here.


Great public reaction to Government Announcement!


The S2S e-mail has had copies of lots of messages welcoming the announcement by the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Environment , Heritage and Local Government, of Government support for the S2S project, including this message to the Taoiseach and the Minister from Eric Conroy, Hon. Treasurer, An Taisce (and ardent cyclist!): "I am very pleased that the government has agreed to support the cycling route around Dublin Bay. It is a very exciting venture and should be a great environmentally-friendly amenity for the people of Dublin and beyond. Well done," The text of many of the messages of support for the project can be checked at the support page.


Progress 2007-2008


Following the announcement of Government support for the S2S Project in late 2006, the then Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche TD. formed a working group with representatives of the Department of the Environment, Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the Dublin Transportation Office. Acting through Dublin City Council and DunLaoghaire Rathdown County Council, the working group arranged for more detailed studies to be undertaken of the Project. For more details follow this link.


Presentation of S2S Plans: Dublin Bay Task Force November 2008


On the 22nd November 2008, Tom Leahy, Executive Manager (Engineering) Dublin City Council, made a presentation of the latest plans for the S2S project to a meeting of the Dublin Bay Task Force. The presentation gives a first glimpse of the ideas for the S2S North section based on the proposals prepared by Roughan and O'Donovan, Engineers. It contains some very exciting ideas which would provide a world class promenade and cycleway while at the same time protecting the sensitive environment. The full presentation can be seen at the following link: http://www.dra.ie/documents/T_Leahy_Sutton2Sandycove22Nov.pdf Please note that this document is approximately 3Mb and may take a few minutes to download. It is worth it!


Ministers announce sustainable transport plan - 5th February 2009


The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, T.D., accompanied by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Eamon Ryan, T.D. today launched "Smarter Travel – A Sustainable Transport Future". This is Government's action plan to free our towns and cities from choking traffic congestion, slash CO2 emissions and help car based commuters to leave their cars at home. Smarter Travel – A Sustainable Transport Future sets out measures so that by 2020 we can have thousands more people walking, cycling, using public transport and leaving their cars at home. With this action plan Government aims to change the transport mix in Ireland so that by 2020 car share of total commutes drop from the current 65% to 45%. This will involve new ways of approaching many aspects of policy making in Ireland. It affects how we plan our schools and school curricula, influences where we develop residential areas and centres of employment in the future, opens up social and employment opportunities for people who experience reduced mobility and returns urban spaces to people rather than cars. the Government's commitment to the S2S project is reconfirmed in Action 15: "Recently the Government has announced a benefit-in-kind tax incentive to encourage cycle commuting as well as investment in cycle route maintenance and the proposed Sutton to Sandycove cycle route. The Government have also carried out research on best practice for cycling and has published a strategy for developing cycle tourism." The full text of "Smarter Travel" can be found at the following link www.transport.ie/upload/general/Smarter_Travel_5_feb_2009.pdf    Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, T.D. and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Eamon Ryan, TD.


Dublin City Council Officials Present Plan to Councillors 4th Feb 2009


DCC_logoOn Wednesday 4th February 2009, Dublin City Council officials presented their plans for the S2S route to a meeting of the City Councillors. Follow this link to see a report of the proposals that was published in the Irish Times of 13th February 2009.


Ministers Dempsey launches Ireland's First National Cycle Policy Framework 20th April 2009


DOT_logoThe Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, T.D. has done it again and given a further significant boost to the project in his announcement of the new national cycle policy framework. The full policy can be accessed here: http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/11387-0.pdf The relevant section states: 2.10 Sutton to Sandycove Scheme - We will complete the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycleway /promenade. This 22km continuous facility will act as a commuting route as well as a world class recreational and tourist route. It will be a flagship project for the capital.


Dublin City Council Submits Environmental Impact Study


DCC_logoDublin City Council have applied to An Bord Pleanala for approval for an Environmental Impact Study for a vital section of the project at Dollymount. The section, which is less than 2 kms long, will joint two existing sections of promenade and cycleway between the Wooden bridge and the Causeway at the Bull Island Estuary. Full details of the study can be found on the DCC website at http://www.dublincity.ie/WaterWasteEnvironment/Pages/WaterWasteandEnvironment.aspx. Members of the public can submit observations on the proposal to An Bord Pleanala within six weeks of the 29th June 09. It is to be hoped that those who support the project will take the opportunity to do so by writing to An Bord Pleanala.



index_1-2Architect David Wright has put forward an imaginative scheme to form a more direct north south link from the Seafront at Clontarf to the Eastwall Road. The idea is to construct a pedestrian/cycle bridge across the inner estuary from Clontarf seafront to Easpoint. This would reduce the distance from the seafront to The East Link Bridge by 1.6 Km. It is probably the shortest possible route between the north and south city and has the advantage of maintaining more of the overall route along the seafront. A map and more details of the proposal can be found on David Wright's website http://www.davidwright.ie/s2s.html


Setback for S2S Project - March 2011


About three years ago, another feasibility study (one had already been completed by the Dublin Regional Authority) was commissioned jointly by Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council with the support of the Department of Environment. The study and report was completed by Scott Wilson, Engineers early in 2010 but has not been published. No reasons were given. Following a motion put down by Councillors Barry Ward and Stephen Fitzpatrick at DLRCC's Council meeting in February, some light has now been cast on the matter. A web-cast of the council meeting can be found at the following link.Council Meeting (The web-cast is nearly 3 hours long so fast-forward to 02-06-30, which is the start of the relevant debate) It is difficult not to be frustrated that a project with such widespread support continues to be blocked!


Great announcement by new Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague- June 2011


lordmayordublinIn his inaugural address following his election on Monday 27th June 2011, the new Dublin City Mayor Councillor Andrew Montague said "The Sutton to Sandycove cycling route along our seafront, often called the S2S route, has been launched and re-launched many times. I will assemble a team and agree a plan to fill in the few remaining gaps on this route, to finish the job once and for all." This the best news we have had for a long time and it is most welcome after many recent disappointments. We are calling on all those who support the project to let everyone know through Facebook and also by mailing messages of encouragement to the office of the Lord Mayor at his web site The full press release and text of the Lord Mayors inaugural address can be seen here


Section of S2S Appoved- December 2011


In a very welcome decision, An Bord Pleanala has approved the proposals to construct the only remaining missing section of the S2S project in north Dublin Bay in an order made on the 22nd December2011. The section, which is in Dollymount, opposite St Anne’s Park, runs from the Wooden Bridge to the Causeway and is approximately 2kms long. The approval is very important because the completion of this section will allow a continuous 9Kms of traffic-free promenade and cycleway all the way from Sutton to Alfie Byrne Road. This is almost half the entire route around Dublin Bay and leaves only about 6 kms to the completed on the south side of the city. The National Parks and Wildlife section of the Department of Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht objected to the proposal on grounds of alleged loss of habitat and disturbance to birds, but, having weighed up all the evidence, the Board did not sustain those objections. While everyone accepts that there is unlikely to be money available to carry out the construction in the immediate future, the approval is still of critical importance as it will enable work to be commenced if and when the money does become available or the cost of the proposals are reduced.


Presentation of Proposals to Dublin Bay Taskforce


We have uploaded a presentation , which was made by Tom Leahy of Dublin City Council at the Dublin Bay Taskforce in November 2008. While some elements of the proposals have changed in the intervening period, particularly in the inner city area, a lot of what is shown is still relevant. It provides a very good overview of the route and the issues that arise. It shows some details of the proposed section at the Bull Island in the North Bay which was recently approved by An Bord Pleanala. The presentation includes references to coastal protection, which is a completely separate exercise by the Local Authorities. Given that both objectives will happen in the same strip of seafront however, it makes sense to incorporate the S2S into whatever is agreed as a solution to the requirements for coastal defence.. Dublin City Council is to be commended for its positive attitude to the project as displayed in this presentation and in the success in securing an approval from An Bord Pleanala for the section at the Bull Island. If only this enthusiasm can be extended to other authorities,,,,,,,,,


Exciting New Plans for the Completion of the Northern Section of the S2S. Jan 2013


The National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have announced proposals to complete the missing two kilometre section of the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway between the Wooden Bridge and the Causeway at the Bull Island Estuary. The works, when completed, will be of great significance for the S2S project because they will effectively join up the route of the walkway and cycleway from Sutton to Alfie Byrne Road in East Wall- a distance of over 10 kilometres. It will be the largest section of the overall 22 kilometre S2S route to be completed since the idea was first promoted in 2001 and is a huge boost to the project that will be welcomed by the thousands of people who have supported it over the years. In terms of urban development, the proposals seek to achieve a number of objectives: improve the flood defences, improve the security of the water supply to the north city, improve facilities and road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. It is a practical proposal which combines several objectives in a project that is affordable and achievable. More information on the proposal is available here. Full details of the proposals and the background studies related to it are available on the Dublin City Council website at: http://www.dublincity.ie/RoadsandTraffic/MajorTransportProjects/Pages/SuttontoSandycoveCyclewayandFootwayInterimWorksScheme.aspx The process for approval of the proposals has already been started by DCC. Any member of the public (both for and against the proposals) who wishes to do so, may make a written submission before 4.30pm on Monday 18th February 2013 to: The Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Those who wish to support the project are strongly encouraged to make a submission, even if it is only one line to confirm support for it.


S2S publishes feedback from Supporters


Please click here to view a selection of the comments received from people who have expressed their support for the proposal by mailing us at the following address:


News

Irish Times reports by Olivia Kelly on S2S

S2S Dollymount Opens -5th May 2017

Cycling Without Age comes to Ireland!

New Electric Bike Tours from Dublin City to Howth to use the S2S

S2S Briefing - All you need to know on Two pages.

Great Meeting of S2S Supporters 15th November 2015

NTA Report - Initial Comments and Notice of Meeting

New Plan for S2S in South Dublin Bay – October 2016

S2S - What’s Happening? 14th Feb 2016

Councillors view Blackrock section of S2S route - September 2015

Work Starts on Dollymount Section of S2S May 2015

Work to start on 2Kms of S2S near Bull Island in 6 weeks! - the Irish Times 17th Feb 2015.

Councillors appoint members of S2S Joint Committee -Feb 2015

Renewed Prospects for S2S in 2015 - January 2015

National Bike Week Photocall Event in support of S2S. Booterstown Dart Station, Wednesday 18th June at 1.00pm. People, Families, Walkers and Cyclists, all Invited to Attend.

Booterstown to Dun Laoghaire Cycle Route- May 2014

New Plan for Blackrock includes S2S on the Seafront- January 2014

New Cycleway Plan for Greater Dublin Area - September 2013

Important Council Debate on S2S Project - June 2013

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council plans to abandon the Seafront Project- May 2013

At Last- Real Progress May 2013

Irish Heart Foundation Welcomes Initiative

Support from Sustrans

DLRCC Development Plan 2004-2010

IRHA Endorses S2S Proposal

S2S Submission to Council June 23rd 2003

Letter from EU Commissioner June 27th

Martello Tower at Seapoint

Dublin Bay Cycle Event

DLRCC Development Plan Progress

November 14th 2003 Tenders invited for S2S Design and Environmental Report!

Tenders Submitted for Design and Environmental Study

Feb-2004: S2S included in Dublin City Plan

March-2004 DRA Appoints Consultants

Public Support for the project.

More Support from Irish Heart Foundation

April 2006 Website active again!

May 2006 Consultants Report Published

June-2006: Proposals invited for feasibility study.

Government Support for S2S Project Announced November 2006

Great public reaction to Government Announcement!

Progress 2007-2008

Presentation of S2S Plans: Dublin Bay Task Force November 2008

Ministers announce sustainable transport plan - 5th February 2009

Dublin City Council Officials Present Plan to Councillors 4th Feb 2009

Ministers Dempsey launches Ireland's First National Cycle Policy Framework 20th April 2009

Dublin City Council Submits Environmental Impact Study

New Link from Clontarf to Eastpoint June 2010

Setback for S2S Project - March 2011

Great announcement by new Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague- June 2011

Section of S2S Appoved- December 2011

Presentation of Proposals to Dublin Bay Taskforce

Exciting New Plans for the Completion of the Northern Section of the S2S. Jan 2013

S2S publishes feedback from Supporters