New greenway in County Mayo set to open in Spring

aA new 9 km greenway between Castlebar and the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo is set to open in Spring.

The route which follows the Castlebar River and runs parallel to the N5 is planned to form part of a network of greenways around Mayo.

A number of planned projects combined would result in a walking and cycle network linking Killala to Westport via Ballina, Foxford, and Castlebar. At Westport it would link it with the Great Western Greenway and an under construction route to Croke Patrick, which in-turn link is planned to link to the planned Connemara Greenway to Galway City.

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Dispute cuts off another section of Great Western Greenway

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The Great Western Greenway near Westport

Cyclists and walkers on Mayo’s Great Western Greenway are being misled to believe a 1.6km diversion onto a main road is because of construction work – a dispute between landowners and the council is the real reason behind the closure.

The Mayo News reports that that Mayo County Council has erected signs saying the greenway from Westport to Achill is closed due to construction, but further up the greenway the route is fenced off with signs saying “keep out” and “private property”.

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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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Mayo to ban cycling in graveyards, where driving is allowed

A man cycling in a Mayo graveyard

Mayo residents mourning the loss of a love one, or those visiting the graves of family or friends, may soon find themselves “guilty of misconduct” if they use their bicycles to get to the graveside.

Mayo County Council’s proposed graveyard bylaws, if enacted, will ban cycling in graveyards, labelling using the mode of transport as “misconduct”.

The ban on cycling would cover many graveyards in Mayo where it is permitted for motorists to drive around — including larger cemeteries where a round trip from graveside to the main road can be up to 1km.

Here’s the misconduct section of the bylaws, the General Regulations For Burial Grounds in Co Mayo

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Funding for Smarter Travel cycling projects

2610907483_8533156059_mThe Department of Transport has outlined a full list of demonstration Smarter Travel projects, which it will fund or part fund. The cycling-related projects in the Dublin area are listed below in bold.

A total of 121 applications were received and funding is being made available for 30 of these projects. The fund is €15m fund over 5 years, €3m of which will be made available to the successful projects in 2010, including the below projects.

The department says, “The Minister set up this fund to support innovative sustainable travel projects and kick start delivery of the Smarter Travel agenda at a local level.”

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