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04-12-2018, 16:22   #1
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does anyone head out the chapelizod bypass towards lucan in the evening. if so, what is it like cycling wise?
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04-12-2018, 21:19   #2
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does anyone head out the chapelizod bypass towards lucan in the evening. if so, what is it like cycling wise?
Yeah, I'm usually on it at about 5:30/5:45pm
Traffic is busy with a few buses and taxis passing closely.
I suppose the most dodgy section is crossing over the M50 but its generally grand.
It's sure beats sitting in the traffic.
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It's ok, I don't get many close passes on it ( compared to the n4 further west ) but generally I'm on it about 6-630. Have to watch though for taxis and buses cutting in front of you when they come up to the back of the queue.
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Is it not nicer going through chapelizod and below (or through) the park?
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Is it not nicer going through chapelizod and below (or through) the park?
This is a lot more pleasant.
Although I go through the park to avoid Knockmarron hill.
It's a sharp little stinger that one.
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just need a road without back to back traffic lights with traffic going one way and a bus lane for a bit of room. heading south after heading west so Park is slightly unnecessary
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I head west out Chapelizod bypass towards and beyond Lucan most evenings. I've never had an issue with the bypass section itself or traffic on it.
Places to watch:
Just before the bypass - traffic taking a left where Con Colbert road veers towards Ballyfermot. Put your right arm out (and keep it out) so traffic knows you are taking the Chapelizod bypass not the bike lane to Ballyfermot.
The bypass itself is fine, better now than it was as the bus/bike lane has been widened. Also it can be a great section to open up on as there's no traffic lights etc... If traffic is backed up and there's buses behind I tend to move out of the bus/bike lane to allow them pass. Why should 1 person slow up 100's in buses.

As mentioned above the M50 crossing can be dodgy.
However, the worst parts I find are on those sections where lane dividers are in place. Cars turning into and exiting from:
  • BallyOwen Lane onto the N4
  • the petrol station beside old FoxHunter
  • Dodsborough Road before Spa hotel
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Depending on your speed you may be more comfortable cycling over the M50 via Palmerstown and the pedestrian bridge. Cross the N4 at the Liffey Valley pedestrian bridge on your way out of town.
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Agreed mcdonrob.
My tactic for dealing with those sections is to take the lane and the right hand side of it at that.


In the summer I tend to alternate and go chapelizod / strawberry beds some days. It is a bit longer, in the current conditions I tend to want to get home asap.
I will try also going via park instead of knockmaroon and see what the time difference is
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