Dame Street and College Green in Dublin will be traffic-free next month for Summer Sunday
Dublin City Council (DCC) has announced that Dame Street and College Green will become traffic-free on August 7, as the city hosts a family event on summer Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
The change means that bus stops as well as taxi ranks will be rerouted for the day to ensure areas remain traffic-free. The event will give participants the opportunity to ride an antique carousel, as well as attend circus skills workshops. A statement of CDC confirms that there will be outdoor furniture for relaxation and face painting for children.
Caroline Conroy, Lord Mayor of Dublin, said: “Summer Sunday will be an unmissable opportunity to see and enjoy College Green and Dame Street in a whole new, traffic-free light. The carnival theme will be full of joy and color and is sure to bring lots of family fun and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
We are delighted to announce that College Green and Dame Street will host a Family Event on Summer Sunday from 12pm to 4pm on August 7th with a unique traffic-free opportunity to enjoy street entertainment and free family fun. See https://t.co/8AELhncObY#SummerSunday pic.twitter.com/Nl9ZAk869S
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) July 19, 2022
The area from College Green to the South Great George Street junction will be strictly for pedestrians and cyclists from 7am to 7pm on the day in question.
The Journal reports that bike parking will be provided in the event area, but cyclists will need to dismount their bikes to enter said area. The Luas will provide service on Sundays.
Buses that normally travel east to Dame Street and College Green will be diverted to Parliament Street. Buses traveling west will be diverted to the South Quays, followed by South Great Georges Street. All information concerning diversions and stops can be heard on the Dublin Buses Website.
Southbound traffic will be diverted to South Quays, Lower Bridge Street and Upper Dame Street on the same day, while northbound traffic will be diverted via Winetavern Street. Access to Grafton area car parks will be available from Exchequer Street and South Great Georges Street.
Disabled parking will be available on D’Olier Street for the duration of the event – Foster’s Place will not be available. Similarly, the Foster’s Place and College Green taxi ranks will be closed for the duration of the event, with a temporary extended taxi rank installed on D’Olier Street.
It’s not the first time College Green has been traffic-free – in 2019 the town was made car-free for 12 hours to mark Car Free Day 2019. The initiative was set up as part of the Week Mobility European Union, which promotes walking and cycling. Several European cities took part in the day.
The Journal reports that, in a study by Amarách Research for RTÉ’s website and Claire Byrne Live, 22% of 1,000 respondents said Colllege Green should not to be pedestrian.