Mixed results as Fingal councillors narrowly support and oppose cycling motions

Councillors at a development plan meeting of Fingal County Council last night narrowly voted for and against cycling-related proposals for the county’s plan.

As we reported on Monday, Cllr David Healy (Greens) has urged residents of Fingal to contact councillors and ask them to continue to support the cycling measures in face of opposition from the council management — key votes, including cycle route to schools are expected tomorrow.

Last night, Cllr Healy said a motion to put a two year target on the planned Balbriggan to Skerries route was defeated by just one vote. AnnMarie Farrelly, director of planning at Fingal, said developing the route within 2 years was impossible, and that even developing it within the 6 years life of the county development plan was “ambitious”.

Depending on the starting point, the distance between Balbriggan to Skerries is only around 5 or 6km.

While two cycling-related motions passed by a majority of just one vote.

One of the objectives states: “Ensure that as soon as possible, but by the end of the lifetime of the Development Plan the environment in the immediate vicinity of schools is a safe and attractive low speed (30kph) environment, and drop-off by car within a given distance restricted.”

The other other stated that the council will “Review existing cycle infrastructure which was not designed in line with the Principles of Sustainable Safety in a manner consistent with the National Cycle Manual and the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets and undertake appropriate remedial works.”

Another motion agree to was to “Design roads and promote the design of roads including cycle infrastructure in line with the Principles of Sustainable Safety in a manner consistent with the National Cycle Manual and the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Street” was agreed without opposition. 

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