No paywall and let's keep it that way. Support reader-funded journalism, subscribe today.

Galway should be the “Oxford or Cambridge of Ireland” says cycling campaign

Galway should follow university cities, such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK or Delft and Groningen in the Netherlands, which have “traffic reduced” city centres, the Galway Cycling Campaign has said.

The city is widely seen as car-centric. While Galway has a relatively high level of commuting cycling, Galway City Council has been slower than other councils to look at major segregated cycle routes and measures such as contra-flow cycling provisions.

The campaign’s call was made in a submission to the Galway City Integrated Traffic Management Programme Consultation, which is part of the Galway bypass project. The latest bypass route is close to the city and residential areas and requires demolition of a large number of homes.

The project replaces the outer bypass which was not approved due to environmental issues. Critics say that public transport measures should have been looked at first and the route is mainly a “commuter freeway”, but supporters claim that the new road is vital for the city and region.

The Galway Cycling Campaign said: “The central vision put by the campaign is that Galway should be managed like other well known university cities. Their submission argues that Galway should see itself as the Oxford or Cambridge of Ireland. Likewise car-focused cities such as Los Angeles or Birmingham are poor models for Galway to follow. The cycle campaign argue for a system of traffic cells modelled on cities like Delft and Groningen with cars banned from crossing the city centre.”

It added: “The Salmon Weir bridge, O’Briens bridge and Wolfe Tone bridge would be closed to private cars but remain open to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Private traffic crossing the city would need to use the Quincentenial Bridge.”

It stressed that problematic road features “need to be removed or modified”. The campaign said: “Examples include roundabouts in the city which must be either removed or traffic calmed with raised zebra crossings. Substandard lane widths such as at traffic lights are also highlighted.

It also said that the “cul-de-sac based housing model needs to be dismantled” and, in some cases, it may be necessary to “purchase properties and demolish them in order to create a functional roads network”. It said: “Without this, walking, cycling and public transport are discouraged by excessively long travel distances. In addition, smaller schoolchildren must have traffic-free routes away from main roads if school-run congestion is to be tackled.”

The full submission can be read here. is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

September subscription drive update: has reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October), but this is unlikely and so the new target is the end of the year.

If you can help push above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

*** is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via

Cian Ginty

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.