Waterways Ireland has extended the consultation on bylaws with a 15km/h speed limit for bicycles on canals.
The proposed byelaws are the Shannon Navigation Byelaws and Canal Byelaws which includes the Grand Canal, Royal Canal, and Barrow navigation.
The extension of the byelaw public consultation was listed in an email to councillors from Éanna Rowe, operations controller at Waterways Ireland.
said: “We have had a great response to our consultation and to date we have received over 500 submissions. It is heartening to see this level of interest in our waterways. Many of the submissions are supportive of the proposed measures while others have raised concerns about specific aspects of the proposed changes.”
“In the spirit of seeking to proactively and equitably respond to the legitimate concerns raised, we have decided to extend this phase of the consultation period until 27th October 2023,” Rowe said
Waterways Ireland said that during this time, that it will engage in depth with groups. It’s understood that this will include campaigners in Cyclist.ie and sporting organisation Cycling Ireland.
“At the end of this phase, we will consider all of the submissions duly and diligently over the months of November and December. We will then amend the proposed Byelaws accordingly, collate our consultation report and publish both,” he said.
Rowe added: “Following this we will re-commence the public consultation of the amended proposed Byelaws for approximately six weeks, starting on January 15th and concluding on February 26th 2024. This will offer all stakeholders the opportunity to consider the modifications and provide feedback on the newly revised proposed Byelaws.”
The consultation page links to the online feedback form which still states: “The deadline for submissions is 2 October 2023″. The consultation page also includes the email address firstname.lastname@example.org with the note to include Byelaw consultation in the subject line.