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BITS OF NEWS IN BRIEF: Deansgrange family cycle, greenway to open in Kerry, kissing gates removed in Galway, Bike Disco in the Phoenix Park, and Dublin Cycling/Walking Officer job

Deansgrange family cycle this Saturday

Revised plans for the Deansgrange cycle route have been published by DLRCC and the Deansgrange Cycle Route group is to host a cycle in support of the project this Saturday, September 17, at 2.30pm. The cycle is to start at Springhill Park beside the playground and will be around 4km in length.

Part of the cycle route is to be diverted into Deansgrange Cemetery — which was a compromise proposal so that two-way traffic could continue on Deansgrange Road, but opposition to the new route is also mounting.

The group said: “The fantastic Roast Office will be supplying free ice creams* after the event as well as offering a special discount on coffees. You can also get 10% off ZippMobility [bike share] rides on Saturday with the code DEANSGRANGE10.”

North Kerry Greenway to open next month

Radio Kerry reports that the North Kerry Greenway is due to open towards the end of this month, September 2022. It said that the 10.5-kilometre route stretches from the Limerick county bounds to the Tim Kennelly roundabout in Listowel, running along the disused railway line.

At the border it will link to the Limerick Greenway, which currently runs from Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale. Eventually both greenways are planned to be expanded to link to Tralee and Limerick City respectively.

Kissing gates removed in Galway

Kissing gates at Claddagh in Galway City have been removed as part of a national effort started by Minister Eamon Ryan writing to transport authorities and them, in turn, writing to councils. There was a good bit of celebration in Galway on allowing bicycles of different sizes onto this route — this is just a small sample of the tweets celebrating the move:

Family-friendly bike disco in the Phoenix Park on Friday week

Dublin Cycling Campaign, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and the OPW are all involved in organising a bicycle disco in the Phoenix Park on Friday week, September 23.

The 5km family-friendly cycle is planned on a car-free route around the Phoenix Park. People attending are invited to light up your bike at ReCreate’s bike decoration station from 7.30pm and the cycle starts at 8pm from the Phoenix Roundabout on Chesterfield Avenue.

The event is part of both Mobility Week and Ireland Culture Night Dublin.

Cycling and Walking Officer in Dublin City

And finally, Dublin City Council is advertising for the roll of its Cycling and Walking Officer which is mainly a communciaons and promotion roll. It also includes stakeholder engagement, and organising events.

The council said: “Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Cycling & Walking Officer will carry out community and stakeholder engagement in connection with new walking and cycling infrastructure schemes in Dublin City. They will lead the coordination of the Active Travel Programme Office’s activities and events as part of local, citywide and national initiatives such as Bike Week, Mobility Week etc.”

The description of the job added: “They will be responsible for the development, promotion and implementation of creative activities and initiatives, aimed at achieving buy-in on active travel projects and increasing levels of walking and cycling in the City. This will include the communication and promotion of all cycling and walking schemes, activities and events via appropriate media channels i.e. website, social media, printed press will be a key part of the role.”

The salary for the job start at €49,530, which is the mandatory starting point if you are not already working in the public service. Details can be found at careers.dublincity.ie.

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