At the July meeting of Kerry County Council Cllr. J. Sheahan proposed that
That Kerry County Council write to the Minister for Transport to negotiate with the TII and recommend that any future road developments along major routes within Kerry will have the inclusion of a cycle lane.
Kerry County Council have publish a newsletter on the South Kerry Greenway.
The purpose of this newsletter is to update the public and in particular the people of Reenard, Cahersiveen, Kells, Glenbeigh and the surrounding areas of the progress to date on the proposed 32km greenway from Reenard to Glenbeigh. The newsletter outlines the plans for 2016 and summarises the procedures involved in delivering the project.
You can read or download the newsletter here
One of the main complaints of the first phase of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway was the lack of route permeation and linkage with estates it passes, with only one intermediate access point along the whole route, this issue was observed by numerous individuals and groups as part of the planning process.
A prime example of this was at Gort Na Greine where the existing access point was blocked up with industrial palisade fencing despite the fact that at the time of the development this was a well trodden route.
Within a short period of the fencing being installed a few sections were removed and people were able to ‘unofficially’ use the link again , it was a common sight to see people lifting bikes and even children in pushchairs through the gap in the fence.
The ultimate irony here was the fact that the Gort Na Greine road had an existing cyclepath, the white line can be seen runnign down the center of the footpath in the picture above.
It was great to hear that this very issue was raised by Cllr. Pa Daly at the November Tralee Municipal District meeting, and that the fencing will be removed and access restored.
11. Cllr. P. Daly:That this Council will construct an official gateway on to the Fenit Walkway from Gort Na Greine.REPLY:The existing palisade fence and gate will be removed and a new pedestrian access will be provided to facilitate connectivity between the localestates and the WalkwayCllr. P. Daly said that he welcomed this reply
Update April 2016
Kerry County Council have finally removed the fencing to allow ‘official’ access onto the greenway from Gort Na Greine and adjoining estates, this is great for linkages along the greenway.
It is surprising that the full fencing was not removed only the part bounding the roadway meaning that pedestrians have to depart the footpath and travel along the roadway, a situation not ideal especially for the elderly, people with pushchairs, and wheelchair users.
At last months meeting Kerry County Council passed a motion to formally support “Staying Alive at 1.5m’ Campaign, which promotes safe driving for Motorists overtaking cyclists. The motion was proposed by Cllr. J.J. Culloty and seconded by Cllr. J. Sheahan with Cllr. Culloty calling on the Council to request the Road Safety Authority and the Department of Transport to change road traffic legislation to require motorists to give a safe overtaking gap of 1.5m between the vehicle and a cyclist.
Cllr. D. Grady allocated €1,000 from his Councillors allocation to print sticker to promote the message can requested that the be used on all council trucks and lorries in Killarney Municipal District.
For more information see the Stayin’ alive at 1.5 website.