Gracefield Road to Vernon Avenue Walking and Cycling Scheme

Closed 31 Jul 2023

Opened 24 Jul 2023


Information Evening taking place on the 25th of July from 4-7pm in the Artane Coolock Family Resource Centre.

Public consultation period re-opening for one week (Monday 24th to Monday 31st) to accommodate the Walk-In Public Information Event.


Dublin City Council is proposing to provide improved walking and cycling facilities Gracefield Road to Vernon Avenue.

Dublin City Council (DCC) will deliver the Active Travel Network through a series of infrastructural projects over the next eight years. The Active Travel Network will grow from its existing 10km to a connected network of 310km across the city. This will offer a safer, inclusive and connected Active Travel Network that is sustainable.

Gracefield Road, Brookwood Avenue, Sybill Hill Road and Vernon Avenue have been identified as suitable roads for rapid build active travel measures. This Scheme will deliver 2.5km of protected cycle paths and improved pedestrian facilities along the route.

The scheme will provide quality, protected cycling facilities to cater for all ages and abilities. It will facilitate a more active lifestyle for all ages bringing multiple benefits for physical and mental wellbeing. The scheme will also improve links to St. Anne’s Park and numerous schools in the area.

Key Features of the Scheme:

It is proposed to provide rapid build cycle tracks on both sides of the road. Existing wide footpaths and grass verges will be cut back slightly and narrowed. This will allow protected one-way cycle tracks on both sides of the road with extruded kerbs, with a new asphalt surface. Cutting back the verge may require setting back existing lighting poles, signage and traffic signals. DCC will aim to keep this to a minimum.

New “school zones” will be introduced outside St Brigid’s Boys National School and St. Paul’s College along Sybil Hill Road. The “school zones” may include interventions such as colour themed road markings, pencil shaped pencil bollards and high friction buff surfacing. The specific details of the school zones will be confirmed at a detailed design stage, following consultation with schools.

New cycle tracks are proposed on both sides of Sybill Hill Road. On-street parking will be maintained on the eastern side of the road via a parking protected cycle lane. A buffer will be provided in-between the cycle lane and car parking. Parking on the western side of the road will not be permitted due to the off road cycle track. The disabled parking bays and the bicycle parking at the park entrance will be increased and relocated to the other side of the road.

To free space for the cycle tracks, the right turn pockets on Brookwood Avenue and Sybill Road approaching the Howth Road will be removed. However, right turns will still be permitted at this junction. Right turning vehicles will now have to share the lane with straight ahead traffic.  

Finally, the Seafield Road / Vernon Avenue junction will also be improved by removing the vehicle left slip.

Why your views matter

The DCC Active Travel Programme Office are carrying out a non-statutory public consultation on the Gracefield Road to Vernon Avenue Walking and Cycling Scheme. The purpose of the consultation is to inform the public of the key features of the scheme and to gather any comments or observations. The public consultation will be open for four weeks.

The scheme will provide quality, protected cycling facilities and facilitate a more active lifestyle for all ages bringing multiple benefits for physical and mental wellbeing.
Please find at the end of this page additional information on the scheme by way of the;

  • Design Drawings
  • Sybill Hill Road Photomontages
  • Information Leaflet (English and Irish)

If you have particular observations or comments on these proposals we would welcome your views. Submissions may be made by one of the following methods:

  • Filling out the Text Box below
  • By emailing (with Gracefield Road to Vernon Avenue in the subject bar)
  • By post to Dublin City Council, Active Travel Programme Office, Block 1, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, D08 RF3F

All the drawings are available to view in hard copy format in Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Donaghmede, Dublin 5, D05 VY99, during the consultation period.


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  • Anyone from any background


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