Cyclists deaths on Irish roads at joint low in 2013

3373537590_5cf7e9242fFive cyclists were killed on Irish roads in 2013, three less than the previous year and a joint 20-year low shared with 2010.

The decline is the opposite of the general trend, which includes overall road deaths rising from 160 to 189 deaths in the last year. The overall amount of deaths included 29 pedestrians, 27 motorcyclists, 95 motorists and 32 passengers of motorists.

Four out of five of the cyclists were killed on roads in rural areas, and three out of five died in the first three months of the year.

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Irish regional city bike share to carry Coca-Cola brand

Press release from the Department of Transport:


Coca-Cola Ireland Selected as partner for the Schemes

‘A breakthrough day for cycling in Ireland’

Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly has today announced details of new bike-share schemes for the cities of Cork, Limerick and Galway.

The schemes, which will be the first of their kind in the cities, will allow potential cyclists to use bikes for either free or at a low cost and take/leave them at various docking stations throughout the cities. The roll out of the schemes is being made possible following an agreement by Coca-Cola Ireland to partner with the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, the NTA and the Cities of Cork, Galway and Limerick on this important initiative which will be operational in July 2014.
The schemes will be carried out by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in partnership with Coca-Cola Ireland and will be known as ‘Coke Zero Bikes’.

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Cyclist group welcomes rejection of Tralee to Dingle road upgrade

Img_8756Cyclists yesterday welcomed the rejection of the planned Tralee to Dingle road upgrade using a new design of segregated cycling path.

Unlike the Great Western Greenway in Co Mayo (a road-side section pictured, right) which is mostly away from the main road, the Co Kerry project would have included the cycle path directly alongside the N86 road for 28km.

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Cork, Galway, Limerick bike schemes move forward

A photomontage showing how the Cork bike scheme could look like

City councils in Cork, Galway and Limerick are push ahead with planning for the regional bike schemes

Two of the three of the respective councils have published proposed station locations and photomontages of their schemes today and yesterday:

In the name of traffic calming — but Galway City can’t be blamed for this cycling unfriendly design

Among loads of plans for traffic calming, and using traffic calming laws, Galway City Council are pushing apparent cycling unfriendly “traffic management” changes to a key entry point to the city centre from its western suburbs.

The first image below shows what a section of Father Griffin Road in Galway City could look like. The road is a key route into and around the city centre from places such as Salthill, which has 9% cycling modal share.

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