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Opinion: Galway councillors promised us a cycling solution months ago – nothing has happened

Opinion: Galway councillors promised us a cycling solution months ago - nothing has happened

Local resident Gráinne Faller says anyone cycling in Galway faces dangerous roads and interactions with traffic every day. BACK IN FEBRUARY, the ambitious plan for…

Friday, Aug 12

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Local resident Gráinne Faller says anyone cycling in Galway faces dangerous roads and interactions with traffic every day.

BACK IN FEBRUARY, the ambitious plan for a temporary Salthill Cycleway spluttered and died, killed off by councillors who just months earlier had voted in favour of it.

Just prior to that vote I wrote an article in The Journal saying, “…if the councillors call a halt to the Salthill Cycleway on Monday, it begs the question, what will it take? The coast road isn’t safe to cycle.”

Councillors scrapped the Cycleway, promising a different plan. They’re not anti-cycling they said. And yet, the only change in the six months since is a fresh ‘No Cycling’ sign on the Galway Promenade.

This week, saw an almost tragedy on Monday morning when one local resident , Dr Ciara Curran was making her way towards town on her bike.

As she was cycling along a particularly tight stretch on the route where the Cycleway should have been, someone opened a car door against the handlebars of her bike throwing her straight into oncoming traffic. The only thing that stood between her and serious injury or death was luck. She was hurt but will be okay.

Cycle safety We all know that accidents happen, but when cyclists have to interact so closely with motorists and vehicles every day, the likelihood of such incidents increases. I wonder, will this near miss be enough to provoke change? We cannot wait for tragedy. It is not safe to cycle along the […]

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