Members of the public protested in large groups in Galway yesterday morning and in south Dublin on Sunday afternoon calling on councillors to provide cycle paths.
Despite heavy rain, the Galway Cycling Campaign said that it estimated that almost 300 people turned out to the Salthill protest cycle yesterday ahead of a Galway City Council meeting today which is to include a motion proposing the trial cycle path along Galway Bay in Salthill.
Galway Mayor, Cllr Colette Connolly (independent), is proposing the motion which calls on Galway City Council officials to “urgently seek to create a two way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of Salthill promenade”. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has promised to fund the project.
While in Dublin, another family-friendly protest was described online as possibly the largest protest in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown in modern history, ahead of a similar vote on Friday. As IrishCycle.com reported on Friday, councillors on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are to vote if they want work recommenced on the council’s Active Schools Travel.
Work on the whole project was suspended after a group of councillors sought to block a planned cycle path on Deangrange Road which was planned as a trial which would make the road one-way for motorists.
#iBikeSalthill was amazing today— Roselyn Carroll (@roselyncarroll) September 26, 2021
The 'Galway Community Voice' is calling for safer cycling & trial cycle route.
Watch to the end to see highlight pics@GalwayCityCo & Cllr.s
Please make cycling safe & accessible for all
Only you can deliver this. pic.twitter.com/2bupnNUq9t
Dear #DLRCC Councillors. I’ll keep this short. Please do the right thing at next Fridays vote. Yours, my children and their future children etc. #activeschoolroutes, #bikedeansgrange, #ibikeivote pic.twitter.com/TAyTdfsUD9— “They dont even pay road tax” (@garlittle) September 26, 2021
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Wow, what a wonderful day out! Great to see hundreds of enthusiasts out to support the Deansgrange Cycle Lane. If you were one of the many who couldn’t make it today, don’t worry: you can show your support here https://t.co/W6b5iIuH5K pic.twitter.com/Qs61nn4Umw— Deansgrange Cycle Route (@BikeDeansgrange) September 26, 2021
What a brilliant turnout to our Family Cycle on @deansgrangeroad today! Full of fun & positivity. But, we need safe cycling on Deansgrange Road! Video by Gillian. pic.twitter.com/tfJIeUe7qr— Cycling Without Age Ireland (@age_cycling) September 26, 2021