North Circular Road Walking and Cycling Interim Scheme

Closed 20 Jan 2023

Opened 10 Dec 2022


Dublin City Council is proposing to provide improved walking and cycling facilities along North Circular Road.

Dublin City Council will deliver the Active Travel Network through a series of infrastructural projects over the next nine 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.

The North Circular Road Scheme is one of the corridors identified under the Active Travel Programme. The proposed scheme will deliver a cycle route along the North Circular Road (NCR) which extends from Stoneybatter to the west and the Dublin Docklands area to the east. The overall route is approximately 5 km long. The permanent scheme will take some time to plan and design and therefore in the meantime, it is proposed to design and implement interim measures along the route where it is feasible.

The 5 km NCR route was analysed to identify sections suitable for appropriate interim measures. A 1.1km section of the route commencing at Dorset Street Lower along North Circular Road and Portland Row finishing at Amiens Street/North Strand Road was identified to be suitable for interim measures.

Key Features of the scheme;

  • Throughout the 1.1km interim scheme, it is proposed to use bollard protected and parking protected cycle tracks. Existing loading bays, accessible car parking spaces and apprximately 65% of existing on-street car parking spaces will be retained.
  • Currently cyclists are required to cycle adjacent to live traffic and also closely to parked vehicles. The proposed method of cycle track segregation by providing parking spaces on the outside of the cycle track, including a buffer space of 0.75m will provide protection for cyclists.
  • This proposed arrangement will also help reduce vehicular speeds on the North Circular Road due to narrower traffic lane widths. There will be an improved crossing environment for pedestrians by reducing corner radii on side roads.
  • Existing access arrangements to driveways will not be affected. Resurfacing works of the carriageway is also proposed to provide a safer environment for cyclists and all road users.

Why your views matter

The DCC Active Travel Programme Office are carrying out a non-statutory public consultation on the North Circular Road Walking and Cycling Interim 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 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;

  • Information Leaflet,
  • Design Drawings

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

  • Filling out the short survey below
  • By emailing (with North Circular Road 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

From Wednesday, December 14th, all the drawings are available to view in hard copy format in the Central Area Office 51-53 Sean Macdermott Street Lower, Dublin 1, during the consultation period.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Cycling