The Authorities has launched a public session on a plan to construct a community of latest cycle routes throughout the nation linking up a number of cities and cities.
The draft plans for the Nationwide Cycle Community from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) would see the event of three,500km of cycle routes, with a finalised model of proposed routes to be signed off later this yr following the session.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan stated the brand new biking community can be for “on a regular basis journey and use” and would join up a number of villages, cities and cities. The general public session course of on the proposed routes within the draft plans opened on Wednesday.
The biking community can be constructed alongside present and deliberate greenway routes, with native authorities main the event of the cycle tracks “over the approaching years”, Mr Ryan’s division stated.
Mr Ryan stated the rollout of the nationwide community would permit extra folks to modify to biking, in each city and rural components of the nation.
“While we’ll proceed to spend money on greenways just like the Galway to Dublin route at present beneath improvement, this isn’t solely about offering cycleways for long-distance cyclists,” he stated.
“This proposed community’s focus is on on a regular basis journey and use – connecting village to village, city to village, metropolis to city,” he stated.
A few of the proposed cycle routes would run from Galway metropolis to Castlebar, Co Mayo, and from Cork to Limerick, whereas there can be routes operating alongside the east coast from Newry to Rosslare.
The concept behind the brand new routes can be to attach the cycle lanes to public transport choices, resembling bus and practice stations.
Minister of State with duty for street transport Hildegarde Naughton stated the community can be made up of “accessible, sustainable and high-quality routes”. The plan “will assist commuters, leisure customers and vacationers to decide on to cycle” moderately than driving, she stated.
The general public session is to run till June seventh, with the proposed map of cycle routes accessible at: https://ncn.consultation.ai/