The walking and cycle route scheme will provide approximately 10 kilometres on the south side of Dublin Bay, and will deliver a sustainable infrastructure facility providing enormous benefits to the population and visitors of the Greater Dublin Area.
The proposed scheme will provide another section of the Dublin Bay Trail where the public can walk and cycle around the coastline of Dublin Bay.
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The proposed Walking and Cycling Route is located alongside the south side of Dublin Bay. This route is a section of the Dublin Bay Trail (formerly S2S walking and cycling route) which starts at Sutton on the north side of the bay and finishes in Sandycove on the south side of the bay.
The initial concept for the Dublin Bay Trail is to provide a wide promenade and cycle route similar to facilities in other European and worldwide cities. The proposed scheme will provide another section of the Dublin Bay Trail where the public can walk and cycle around the coastline of Dublin Bay.
The Dublin Bay Trail (S2S) has been shown as an objective on the County Development Plans (CDP) for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLR), Dublin City Council (DCC) and Fingal County Council (FCC).
Over 9km of DUBLIN BAY TRAIL has been completed on the north side of Dublin Bay. The scheme will provide approximately 10 kilometres on the south side of Dublin Bay, through the coastlines within DLR and DCC.
The National Transport Authority in Ireland, together with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council consider that the completion of the DUBLIN BAY TRAIL walking and cycle route (part of the East Coast Trail) would deliver a sustainable infrastructure facility providing enormous benefits to the population and visitors of the Greater Dublin Area.
Dublin Bay is a UNESCO Biosphere since 2015. The Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Partnership comprises: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dublin Port, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Failte Ireland.
The area of the proposed project is also in close proximity to 2 Nationally Designates Sites, South Dublin Bay pNHA (000210) as a Natural Heritage Area and Booterstown Marsh pNHA (001205) supporting a wide range of bird species. An Taisce has designated the march as ‘Booterstown Nature Reserve’ Dublin Bay is nearly entirely designated under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and includes four
Natura 2000 sites. Due to the interconnectivity to the adjacent Natura 2000 site, the South Dublin Bay and the River Tolka Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA 004024) and South Dublin Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC 000210), a rigorous and robust assessment of ecological features, evaluation of impacts and associated mitigations measures is required for the statutory planning process.