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Cowper Street Green School Zone

Draft Plan published

Further to my update in January about plans for the introduction of a Green School Zone along Cowper Street, I want to provide a further update on the proposal.

At this month’s Dublin Central Area Committee, I asked officials to outline further specific details of the project and share with me images of the mocked-up plan for Cowper Street. The Green School Zone proposal came about as a result of suggestions made by local residents for tree planting along Cowper Street as well suggestions for St. Gabriel’s N.S. to be included in the Safe Routes to School initiative.

In bringing these two initiatives together, a ‘Green’ School Zone is proposed for Cowper Street, between Oxmantown Road and Aughrim street. The design objectives of this ‘Green’ School Zone are to increase pedestrian and general road safety on Cowper Street so that active travel (cycle, walk, wheel and scoot) to and from school is encouraged as well as creating an improved green environment which will see the tree canopy across Stoneybatter being increased.

Landscape Architects have now prepared a draft plan that Dublin City Council hopes to implement by constructing later this year. Below is an image of that draft Green School Zone for Cowper Street:

The specific works being proposed as part Green School Zone, include:

  • Footpath widening to give space for pedestrians.
  • Tree planting and landscaping provide a sense of enclosure, encouraging a slow-speed environment.
  • School Zone signage at the entrances to the street.
  • Pencil bollards outside school gate to indicate the presence of the school.
  • Bike parking.
  • Raised platform at Gateway – from Aughrim Street, Oxmantown Road & Carnew Street.
  • Buff (beige) coloured circles along the road referring to the School Zone identity.

If you have any specific questions or queries arising from the details outlined above, please email me at

raymcadam View All

Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City

Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee

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