COMMENT & ANALYSIS: If we ask ‘Which streets should be pedestrianised in Irish cities or towns?’ there’s obvious ones like Capel Street or College Green in Dublin where there’s a lot of heal dragging over it various reasons despite huge public support, but what are the less obvious examples?
My contender — which I have not understood from childhood why it isn’t already car-free — is Williamsgate between Shop Street and Eyre Square in Galway.
It strikes me every time that I visit Galway that the street is crying out for pedestrianisation. Today like many other times I can recall over the years we’re people walking into the road because the footpath was so jammed packed.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen it discussed as a suggestion locally (open to info that it has happen, I just haven’t seen it). The reason seems to be that the city is so car-sick that the best it can do is think about possibly making it bus, taxi and bicycle only after the second ring road is built.
What’s your example?
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