Eamon Ryan, Minister, and Hildegard Naughton, Minister of State, at the Department of Transport jointly announced on 9th November 2020 the allocation of a further €63.5million towards Greenway development in 2021. Greenways development is overall a good news story, particularly for rural Ireland as they provide a new level of amenity and access to safe active travel.
Cyclist.ie warmly welcomes this increased allocation and we look forward to progress on the proposed developments, which are spread over a total of 11 counties. A number of these funded routes will form sections of the planned EuroVelo Route 1 trail, which will undoubtedly help to attract European and other bicycle tourists to different parts of Ireland in the future!
Additionally, most of the routes announced link into towns and villages which will help to boost active travel in these areas, and provide safer conditions for local people looking to cycle and walk. Besides enhancing the public realm and facilities in the areas, the development of the greenways will provide a welcome boost for jobs both at the construction stage and beyond.
Now it is up to us cycling advocates to ensure these monies are well spent on high quality facilities in our areas. We will do this by linking in with local County Councils. So those of us who are from any of the 11 beneficiary counties – Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Longford, Kildare, Galway and Mayo – make sure you familiarise yourself with the plans and do what you can to support them, but also to monitor developments. Many of our Cyclist.ie local groups are already doing this!