17 Dublin school principals want councillors to act on safer cycle routes to “avoid a tragedy on the roads”

Principals of 17 schools have written to councillors in support “immediate action” on safer cycling infrastructure in the South and South West areas of the capital.

The school principals said: “The purpose of this email is twofold. Firstly to put on record our belief in the importance of cycling and active travel for children, but also to urgently put on record our view that the existing road infrastructure makes it unsafe for children and families to cycle to school, and that we believe immediate action is needed to avoid a tragedy on the roads.”

The group of principals said: “The second purpose is to request a clear plan for decisive change in road infrastructure in our areas, which supports active travel as a safe, equitable and realistic option for all, including children attending school.

The principals added that they looking forward to a respond from councillors and to “supporting imminent plans for change”.

THE LETTER IN FULL:

(Via Cllr Michael Pidgeon on Twitter)

Dear Councillor,
Further to correspondence published in the Irish Times during this year’s Bike Week and subsequent coverage on RTE News, we are writing to support the campaign for the provision of safer cycle infrastructure in and around schools in Dublin 12, the wider South City area and South West Dublin.
The purpose of this email is twofold.
Firstly to put on record our belief in the importance of cycling and active travel for children, but also to urgently put on record our view that the existing road infrastructure makes it unsafe for children and families to cycle to school, and that we believe immediate action is needed to avoid a tragedy on the roads.
The second purpose is to request a clear plan for decisive change in road infrastructure in our areas, which supports active travel as a safe, equitable and realistic option for all, including children attending school.
Looking forward to your response and to supporting imminent plans for change.
With every good wish,
Margaret Burke, Principal, Riverview Educate Together National School, Greenhills, Dublin 12.
Colette Dunne, Principal, Firhouse Educate Together National School, Ballycullen Dr, Firhouse, Dublin, D24.
Maeve Mc Carthy, Principal, Rathfarnham Educate Together National School, Loreto Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
Katherine Corbett, Principal, Bishop Galvin Senior National School, Orwell Park, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.
Paddy Dillon, Principal, Holy Spirit Senior National School, Limekiln Ln, Greenhills, Dublin 12.
Dearbhla Ní Bhroin, Principal, Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Junior, Knockmore Avenue, Killinarden Tallaght Dublin 24.
Donal Ward, Principal, St Bernadettes Junior National School Quarryvale, Clondalkin Dublin 22.
Laura Hannon, Principal, St Peter Apostle Junior National School, Neilstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.
Jim Ryan, Principal, St Bernadette’s Senior National School Quarryvale, Clondalkin Dublin 22.
Cian Gleeson, Principal Harold’s Cross ETNS, Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6.
Aoife Wrynne, Principal, Scoil Iosagáin, Aughavannagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
Lesley Byrne, Principal, Clogher Road Community College, Clogher Road, Dublin 12.
Dermot Stanley, Principal, Canal Way ETNS, Basin Lane, Dublin 8.
Niamh Cullen, Principal, Harcourt Terrace ETNS, 151-153 Harold’s Cross Rd, Dublin 6W.
Eddie Fox, Principal, Griffith Barrack MDS, The Old Guardhouse, S Circular Rd, Dublin 8.
Pádraig Conaty, Principal, 151/153 Harold’s Cross Road, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W.
Aodh O’Connor, Principal, St. Damien’s National School, Quarry Drive, Perrystown, Dublin 12.

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. Great to see these Dublin School Principals making a statement on behalf of their pupils and society! Lets hope that other schools principals around the country soon follow suit?

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