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IMAGES: First look at Salthill cycle route trial planned for March to September

Below are the draft drawings for the quick-build trial cycle path proposed for Salthill in Galway City. has separated the drawings into smaller sections which hopefully is useful to some readers:

  • Western section Option 1 and 2: From the junction with Barna Road to area on the road near to the Blackrock diving board: Mainly a west-bound only protected cycle lane. Access for motorists is one-way between the entrence to the Cashelmara housing estage (just a short distance from Barna Road) to the Knocknacarra Road, while between Knocknacarra Road and Blackrock Beach two-way access is retained.
  • Middle section Option 1: From Blackrock diving board to the main roundabout at Salthill village centre: Most car parking retained, but the road is one-way for motorists and buses, and a two-way cycle path is provided in space reallocated from the traffic lane.
  • Middle section Option 2: Same section as above, but two-way motoring and bus access maintain. The space for the cycle path is instead reallocated from the removal of car parking on the seaside (while retaining the off-road car parks).
  • Eastern section Option 1 and 2: Seapoint Promenade: Two-way motor access is maintained. While the seaside parking is removed and the space is reallocated to a two-way cycle path, most of the car parking is retained.
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For people, the text description in yesterday’s article might be more useful. As part of the public consultation, which runs until January 28, the council has published an FAQ and an online survey.

Location of the route and the sections as outlined below:

The following are Galway City Council’s drawings cropped into more manageable sections — for the PDF versions of the drawings see:

Western section: Same for both options



Middle section: Option 1



Middle section: Option 2



Eastern section: Same for both options




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