The next phase of the Sutton to Sandycove cycleway has officially opened.
Once fully finished, the 22 kilometre stretch will provide a continuous off road route around the bay.
This 2 km section of the route includes a new segregated two way cycle track and 4 km of upgraded footpaths.
This latest stretch took a number of years to build and cost four million euro.
Public lighting along the route has been upgraded and the historic tram shelter at Clontarf has also been restored.
The current works also included a continuous flood defence wall from Bull Road to Causeway Road.
Once finished the cycleway will be one of the longest coastal promenades in Europe.
Dublin's Lord Mayor was on hand to officially open the project.
He said “I am delighted to open this stage of the Sutton to Sandycove Cycleway. I hope that residents and tourists alike will get great enjoyment from this wonderful amenity on the north side of the city. I congratulate Dublin City Council, the National Transport Authority, Irish Water and the contribution from the local community for coming together to work on this project in this environmentally sensitive area. This approach minimised disruption to road users, residents and businesses alike.”
Kevin O'Farrell from the Dublin Cycle Campaign welcomed the route but expressed some concern about cars mounting the lane: ''There could be possibly some more clear markings between the cycling path and the road because we heard some people may have driven accidentally onto it so some better markings may make it safer for the cyclist.''
But he complimented the route saying it's great for cyclists and looks very new. He hopes it's maintained to that standard.
''A lot of people would commute on this route from Howth, Baldoyle and those areas so it's for the whole of this part of Dublin. Also at the weekend a lot of people would come here with their kids.''