Putting ‘Greyways’ under the microscope – a view from Wexford

We have posted previously on this website on the Government’s 2020 Stimulus Package for Active Travel. There are lots of good projects and proposals in there, but some worrying expenditure proposals, particularly on the conversion of hard shoulders on old N routes to cycle routes that are referred to as greyways.

The term suggests some sort of formal category of cycle facility; however, these routes unfortunately tend to be little more than white lines painted inside the hard shoulder and are then called cycle tracks! They are a poor use of taxpayers’ money, when funds could be directed to more standard designs which would be safer for all ages and abilities, and encourage non-cyclists to get on their bikes.

A ‘greyway’ near Clogh Village, County Wexford

Wexford is one of the counties that received funding to build greyways. Phil Skelton, of our local Wexford Cycling Advocacy network group WexBug, has posted a blog on the proposed introduction of a new greyway in Wexford, in which he outlines the mistakes of the past, and queries the wisdom of its expenditure under this Stimulus Funding Package.

Check out Phil’s blog here. He makes cogent arguments about the need for proper considered design and for a comprehensive safety audit. This is a must-read for anyone working on rural cycling!

Note that the image at the top shows a ‘greyway’ on the R445 (i.e. the old N7) between Nenagh and Birdhill.