Cyclists in Dublin are to get 210 kilometres of segregated cycle track if planned improvements to sustainable transport in the capital get the go ahead.

Most of the segregated tracks will be new cycle facilities and will more than double the existing 150 kilometres of on-road cycle network.

The plan has been welcomed by the Dublin Cycling Campaign which said it will encourage more people to take up cycling given the deaths of seven cyclists this year.

Michael Aherne, of the National Transport Authority (NTA), said the plan is to increase capacity on buses and cycling as these are the areas that are going to carry increasing amounts of passengers into the future.

Most of the new cycle facilities will be on the main bus corridors into the city centre.

The NTA is going to put the plan out to public consultation this year and if it gets permission, the plan will go to design next year and construction will start in two years' time.

The strategy is part of a new investment plan by the NTA focussing on bus and cycling infrastructure.