An Taisce and - the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network - have written to Mr Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the Office of Public Works, on the need to encourage walking, cycling and public transport travel to get to the Phoenix Park while curtailing car parking.

We referred to Dublin City Council recently initiating a major enhancement of the Dublin quays and other streets with the removal of car parking spaces and the widening of footways. An Taisce maintains that a similar initiative is needed to curtail the level of car parking in and car access to Phoenix Park which is incompatible with its amenity and designation as a National Historic Park. In particular, the treatment of the central Chesterfield Avenue as a free bumper-to-bumper parking strip for all day commuters is not in line with the objectives of government transport policy as set out in the Department of Transport's Smarter Travel policy 2009 which provides for significant modal shift from car based commuting.

Download the letter here.

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