Dave Elton of the Kerry Cycling blog has a great write up following on from Cian Ginty’s presentation as part of the last Saturday Cyclist.ie meeting in Tralee.
This Saturday the biannual Cyclist.ie – The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network will be hosted by the Kerry Cycling Campaign and will feature a public talk by journalist and cycling advocate Cian Ginty.
Last month Cian organised a cycling study tour to the Netherlands for cycling campaigners, elected representatives, council staff and professionals with a focus on cycling. The goal of the trip was to showcase everyday Dutch cycling — from the culture to cycle networks and everything in between.
In the talk Cian with present findings from this trip as well as discussing his website/blog IrishCycle.com
The talk which is free and open to all will take place on Saturday 10th October at 4pm in the Chapel Room, St Patrick’s Center / Tobar Naofa, Moyderwell Tralee [Old Moyderwell convent] and will be followed by a Q&A session.
For a taster of what to expect notes of the trip have been published by Phil Skelton of the Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign and Barbara Connolly Cycling Standard Development Officer with Cycling Ireland
Today sees the introduction of fixed charge notices for cycling offences, and with great timing this press photo surfaced this morning featuring the Mayor of Kerry Pat McCarthy and Kerry County Council staff cycling in a pedestrian area, which from today is liable to a €40 on the spot fine.
Cyclist proceeding into a pedestrianised street or area
This offence is likely to cause a lot of issues and uncertainty in locations such as Tralee town square (pictured above) while the area is pedestrianised it is often used by cyclists to avoid a lengthy trip around the towns one way road system, and highlights how ill-conceived the new system is.
Last year Tralee’s bid to become an Active Travel Town was successful when the town received funding of €1.3million from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTT&S) as part of it’s Smarter Travel initiative with another €900,000 funding coming from the local authority itself bringing the available funding for the project to €2.27 million.
The project is to be developed over 5 phases:
Phase 1 ‐ Appointment of Champion and School Travel Advisor
Phase 2 ‐ Proposed 6km Cycleway
Phase 3 ‐ Introduction of a 30km/h Zone
Phase 4 ‐ Shared Space Concept at the Mall Area
Phase 5 ‐ Proposed Two ‐ Way with cycling and walking facilities at Denny Street
The Active Travel Towns Programme is designed to achieve modal shift from the car to either walking and/or cycling and to encourage greater public transport use through facilitating greater walking and cycling access to public transport.
As part of this project Kerry Co Co have just launched a dedicated website, traleeactivetravel.ie and a promotional video.
The original funding application can been found here and great to see our nascent campaign get a mention in the bid !