New RTÉ series looks at road safety and mobility in Ireland and around Europe

NEWS-IN-BRIEF: A new four-part RTÉ factual series covering transport, road safety and liveability started last night.

The first episode of ‘On The Roads With Simon Delaney’ can be now found on the RTÉ Player — it includes segments with presenter Delaney looking at how roads are policed in Sweden and Ireland, he also takes to people involved with changing the use of streets in both counties including Malahide in Dublin.

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Future episodes will include more on changes in Ireland as well as Brussels and Wales, and Ireland’s first School Street.

Delaney said: “Speed reduction, especially in our towns and city streets seems to be the key ingredient to help make them safer spaces. From Barcelona to Brussels, Bilbao to Stockholm, I visited the cities and towns already embracing a 30km/h urban speed limit; and in each case, I saw streets that felt safer, quieter, and generally more pleasant to be on.“

“A major contributing factor to our air pollution is the emissions coming from our cars, vans, busses, and trucks. Across Europe, I talked to the people crediting speed reduction and increased use of public transport, walking, and cycling with massive improvements to the air quality of their town and cities,” he said.

Delaney added: “Across Europe, I heard the same basic message, if we can make our roads safer, then more people will embrace the bike, walking and public transport, resulting in less private cars on our roads which in turn will mean less congestion, better air quality and less noise pollution.”

‘On The Roads With Simon Delaney’ airs on Mondays at 8.30pm on RTÉ One for the next three weeks.

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