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ShutterstockDublin is set to become greener thanks to the city council's upcoming redevelopment projects.

Dublin is turning its canals into a massive cycling network

The Irish capital is set to complete its eco-friendly project that will see new cycle lanes and footpaths created by 2025

Beril Naz Hassan
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Beril Naz Hassan

Cycling fans, rejoice: it looks like Dublin might soon join the ranks of Copenhagen and Amsterdam as one of the world’s great cycling cities. 

The Irish capital has revealed that it will be creating a brand-new cycling network by its canals, far from the city’s air pollution and traffic. The project will see the Royal Canal in north Dublin redeveloped into a lovely 2.1-kilometre-long green space as part of the city's Greenways strategy, which creates car-free trails to promote sustainable travel. 

It’s a move that’ll delight both urban and nature lovers, as the new Greenway will allow cyclists to travel from artsy Phibsborough to the Silicon Docks and the Liffey river. On top of all that, there’ll be access ramps, footpaths, and a new public square for pedestrians.

Currently, the city's Active Travel Network is only 10 kilometres long, but the council is hoping to add a whopping 310 kilometres to it in the next eight years. 

Aside from its benefits to pedestrians and cyclists, the project is also great news for the future of our planet. Spaces like this promote more eco-friendly ways of travelling that reduce carbon emissions and don't exacerbate climate change. A big win for green travel!

Did you see our guide to the most bike-friendly cities in the world?

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