Challenges and Benefits in the Design of Coastal Walking and Cycling Amenities: Toward a More Integrated Coastal Management Approach

Miles Farrell, Andrew Cooper, Katherine Yates

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    Abstract

    The planning and development of pedestrian and cycling amenities in coastal urban environments is a challenging process because a wide range of policies and considerations must be taken into account. Among these, the concepts of sustainability and more recently, resilience, have been gaining prominence. Green Infrastructure design approaches can integrate aspects of both sustainability and resilience, providing multiple services within single development projects. This study focuses on Dublin and examines a range of amenity projects at various stages of development that relate to the provision of new coastal walking and/or cycle routes. These are initially contextualized at the city level before focusing specifically on challenges and benefits associated with the design and implementation of such projects. Based on our findings, recommendations are made for optimizing the potential of future projects to effectively integrate with other initiatives so as to deliver broader policy objectives. A simple sequential model is presented that should assist developers and decision-makers to take a more integrated, multidisciplinary approach to meeting policy goals when planning and developing coastal amenities. Finally, this is remodeled into a set of considerations that are generally applicable to coastal development proposals of significant scale.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)628-650
    Number of pages23
    JournalCOASTAL MANAGEMENT
    Volume43
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015

    Keywords

    • coastal amenities
    • coastal protection
    • coastal walking and cycling
    • Green Infrastructure
    • resilience
    • sustainability

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