Off-road track, along an old railway, includes coast, viaducts, tunnel and spectacular gorge
It’s been nearly 140 years since business was this brisk at O’Mahony’s pub in Durrow, Co Waterford. During the construction of the Waterford-to-Mallow rail line, the pub – which opened in 1868 – catered for thirsty railway workers.
Now things have come full circle, says proprietor Helen O’Mahony. These days, she and her husband Tom are kept busy serving drinks and ice cream to people on the Waterford Greenway – a 46km off-road walking and biking trail built along the railway line, which officially opens on Saturday (March 25th, 2017) – 50 years to the day after the last passenger train travelled the route.
Update you on our progress with Cycling Without Age coming to Ireland.
The first rickshaw bike arrived in Dublin on Monday, 13th March 2017. We were delighted to take up the invitation from the Dublin Cycling Campaign to participate in the Dublin St Patrick’s Day Parade under the banner of 200 Years of Cycling. See the photo of us at the start of the parade. We purchased this first bike from personal funds, so as to have a model to demonstrate to nursing homes and sponsors. We hope to have this bike crowd-funded.
Now that we have the bike here, we will be happy to talk to people, organisations, nursing homes, potential sponsors and others about how to promote the concept of Cycling Without Age here. We already have expressions of interest from some sponsors and organisations, and offers from volunteer pilots, whom we will train in the bike’s use. Please let us know if you would like more information.
Clara Clark & Charles Mollan
The following isn’t going to please the reactionary alternative facts crowd, because, you know, it’s facts.
One of the most common arguments against eliminating parking spaces in favour of cycling lanes is that it damages businesses.
The people behind those arguments are dead right. There will be an impact on business, except that it’s the opposite of the one they have in mind.
As the late great Christopher Hitchens observed once: “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
There is no available evidence that replacing parking spaces with cycling lanes reduces trade. But there is, thankfully, evidence that removing parking spaces actually increases trade by attracting pedestrians and cyclists. A new study of a neighbourhood in Toronto has proven this.