NUI Galway bike share scheme may be opened to public

Galway Spin bikes
NUI Galway Spin bikes being assembled

– ‘Spin’ bikes to hit the streets within weeks

Galway is set to become the second Irish city with a bike sharing scheme as its university gears up to run one ahead of the planned regional rental systems.

NUI Galway confirmed last week that it is to launch a UK-designed service on its campus that uses conventional bicycle stands rather than bulky DublinBikes-like docking stations and terminals.

A spokeswoman for the university said that registration will be only opened to students and staff at first but that it ‘may’ be widened to the general public after launch.

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Royal Canal Greenway design puts users at “increased risk”

– Report says design likely to increase pedestrian and cyclist conflicts 

The current view of the M50 crossing (Image: Royal Canal Feasibility Report )
The current M50 crossing — pictured above — will be narrowed. (Image: Royal Canal Feasibility Report )

Transport minister Leo Varadkar says engineers assure him designs of a section of the Dublin to Galway cycle route are safe, despite a consultant’s report highlighting increased risk between cyclists and walkers.

“The designs are the responsibility of the engineers who assure me that the proposed routes adhere to safety standards,” said Minister Varadkar.

But safety problems with how the Royal Canal Greenway route crosses the M50 – linking Varadkar’s West Dublin constituency with Dublin City – were identified in a report by planning consultants Atkins.

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Cyclist killed in Co Galway

Garda press release: Gardaí in Ballinasloe Co Galway are investigating a Fatal Road Traffic Collision which occurred on the main Roscommon to Galway Road (N63) at Ballygar at approximately 5.45pm … Read more

Cycling today in Ireland – highlights from Census 2011

Cycling increased almost 10% nationally between the 2006 and 2011 censuses. From limited data available before last week, we previously reported there was a 26% increase in cycling in Dublin.

Last week the Central Statistics Office released its report on commuting which outlines a fuller picture and gives a breakdown of trends in the last three decades. Here’s some of the key bits on cycling from the census data and the report…

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