Public information event today on planned walking and cycle route linking Balbriggan schools

A public information event is taking place today from 4-8pm on a planned cycle route mainly along the Harry Reynolds Road in Balbriggan.

The plans by Fingal County Council with support from the National Transport Authority will link schools and residential areas in the north Co Dublin town.

The plans include a mix of unidirectional segregated cycle paths, two-way segregated cycle paths, sections of shared paths, low-volume shared streets, and new crossings.

The yellow line shows an outline of the project:

The information event is taking place at the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan on today Thursday November 21 from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The council said that the project team will be available to answer queries on the proposed scheme.

Members of the public can comment on the project up to December 19 via https://consult.fingal.ie/en/browse, where there is more detail and drawings of the planned route.

The following are artist’s impressions of what the cycle route will look like:

Here’s some extracts from the drawings:

 

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

1 Comment

  1. I don’t know this area at all, but this seems like really good news. I’ve always thought encouraging more students to cycle to school is such an obvious no brainer that it’s amazing that all schools don’t have high-quality, segregated cycle lanes leading from the front gate to the main residential areas nearby.

    Benefits include:
    1. Fitter children, less likely to become overweight.
    2. More alert children. Fresh air and exercise in the morning make you more open to learning first thing.
    3. Reduced emissions by taking cars off the roads.
    4. Reduced traffic levels, hence less congestion on the roads (imagine summer holiday traffic volumes all year round, a motorists dream!).

    The department of health could be asked to make a contribution to such schemes given the obvious long-term health benefits involved. People who cycle regularly as teens are much more likely to cycle later in life and consequently are at lower risk of obesity-related issues.

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