WORK IN PROGRESS
According to Dublin City Council: “Since making of Capel Street traffic free, we have witnessed a remarkable increase in foot traffic and cycling activity. Pedestrians have increased by 12%, while cyclists have seen a 24% rise. These figures indicate a successful transition towards a more sustainable and people-friendly urban environment.” Personally, I find the Electric Bikes to be a bit of a pain.
Some people have objected to Capel Street being traffic free. The main objections are:
Increased traffic congestion on surrounding streets: Some businesses and residents have complained that the closure of Capel Street to traffic has led to increased congestion on surrounding streets.
Reduced access for deliveries and emergency vehicles: Some businesses have also expressed concern about the reduced access for deliveries and emergency vehicles on Capel Street.
Negative impact on businesses: Some businesses have argued that the closure of Capel Street to traffic has had a negative impact on their business, as it has made it more difficult for customers to reach them.
However, it is important to note that the majority of people who have responded to public consultations on the Capel Street traffic-free proposal have been in favour of it. A recent consultation by Dublin City Council found that 89% of respondents wanted to see traffic-free measures on Capel Street.
The City Council has also taken steps to address some of the objections to the traffic-free proposal. For example, they have increased the number of loading bays on Capel Street to facilitate deliveries. They have also worked with the emergency services to ensure that they have access to Capel Street at all times.
Overall, the decision to make Capel Street traffic free has been a popular one, but there are some people who have objected to it. The City Council is working to address these objections and to ensure that the traffic-free proposal benefits all users of the street.