Slowly and belatedly, secure cycle parking is beginning to appear, especially at stations (thanks Irish Rail), where it is essential to encourage cycling, especially to support so-called multi-model journeys
Our member organisation Maynooth Cycling Group (see also Facebook) has drafted our Part 8 submission to Kildare County Council about the proposed Royal Canal Greenway that forms a critical part of the Dublin to Galway Euro Velo Route #2.
The Part 8 planning process deals with the route from the county boundary with Dublin through Kildare to Maynooth. This is an important sector of the overall route as it passes close to major employment centres based around Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth. It needs to be a high quality greenway so that it takes commuters out of their cars to reach the likes of Intel, Hewlett Packard, etc. There are lots of schools along the route and it will need good connections to all schools if we are to get many more students to use their bikes to get to school and end the school run by car.
The local authority is just not getting the bigger picture.
This is why it is crucial that we continue to monitor all planing application having anything to do with transport and that fail to address the urgent decarbonisation of our transport system from its present unsustainable growth path.
- Top two: Cancer / Circulatory diseases (inc. heart)
- All accidents: 12,000 per year
- Transport from 2,968 in 2007 to 2,284 in 2009, 25% down
- Cycling mortality: 2007 – 2011: 177, 154, 140, 123, 132
- Male / Female ratio: average 8:1