Recently removed bicycle parking stands will be replaced and extra stands will be installed in Galway city centre, Galway City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed to IrishCycle.com.
“The National Transport Authority has allocated €50,000 in the current year to Galway City Council for the provision of enhanced cycle parking in Galway City and in a number of locations in the Galway County area,” said Sara Morris, spokeswoman for the NTA.
Gary McMahon, a spokesman for Galway City Council said: “Galway City Council will not just be replacing the two stands that have been removed as part of the Bike Share scheme but are also looking at providing additional bicycle parking throughout the city.”
An Mheitheal Rothar (Bicycle Workshop) and the Galway Cycling Campaign highlighted the removal of bike parking facilities in order to make way for the new Bikeshare.ie Coca-Cola Zero docking stations. While the council refers to two stands removed, that could be a reference to the rows of stands removed — the Galway Cycling Campaign estimated that over 50 bicycle parking spaces were removed.
For the council’s part, McMahon said that at Main Guard Street a replacement bicycle stand is available and this will be placed on the opposite side of the road adjacent to Spar “in the coming weeks”.
While at Eyre Square North, he said: “There were plans to remove this bicycle stand as it was badly damaged. More bicycle parking is to be provided within Eyre Square – this will happen post Christmas – once Eyre Square returns to ‘normal’ after the Christmas Market.”
McMahon said that Galway City Council is aware that bicycle parking was removed from Ravens’ Terrace, and said this was undertaken as part of the regeneration project and not the bicycle scheme. “There are plans to provide bicycle parking at this location. This work will be undertaken in the New Year,” he said.
He added: “Galway City Council is committed to the concept of modal shift in relation to transport in the city and this includes supporting and encouraging the development of cycling in and around the city. The various measures include, for example, supporting the NTA’s ‘Coca Cola Zero’ Bike Scheme, renewing and developing bicycle stands across the city and supporting the development of on- and off- road and other cycle paths and Greenways in, around and through the city.”
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