The creation of a series of cycle lanes in Clonmel
presented a very exciting time for cyclists and potential cyclists, District Mayor Pat English has stated.
He was speaking at the monthly meeting of Clonmel Borough District Council, when details of the scheme were presented by senior engineer James McHale from Ryan Hanley Consultants.
The overall project will cost €600,000 and is expected to be completed by next April. Construction is scheduled to start in October.
The lanes will be provided along three routes - on the Cahir Road/Western Road from the N24 Cahir Road roundabout to the traffic lights at Queen Street at the junction with Heywood Road; on the Cahir Road/Abbey Road/Convent Road from the Tobaraheena roundabout to the Convent Bridge; and on the Cashel Road, from Queen Street to the Ard Gaoithe roundabout.
The lane at the Convent Bridge is expected to connect with the cycle lane that will run through the Old Bridge and link up with the cycleway/walkway along the Suir from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir.
Mr. McHale said that if sufficient budget remained opportunities to provide enhanced facilities in the town centre - such as traffic calming measures - would be explored.
He told The Nationalist that these could include raised tables at junctions, where the road at a junction would be raised to the level of the footpath. They would also explore the possibility of providing extra cycle parking stands and contra-flow cycle lanes, where cyclists could take a short-cut “the wrong way” down one-way streets.
He also said that there would be some loss of parking in certain areas, such as the eastern side of the Cashel Road.
When the lanes were completed initiatives to promote cycling would be developed and implemented, such as a cycling forum for the town, tutorials for schools and promotional DVDs.
Tipperary County Council engineer Willie Corby said that the cycle lanes would become part of the council’s roads infrastructure and the council would be responsible for their maintenance.
A Fun Darts night will be held at 8.30 next Saturday August 1 in Bernie Macs, The Emigrants Rest, Old Bridge, Clonmel as a fundraiser for Ss Peter and Paul’s Community Games, which has three skittles teams heading to the All-Irelands finals in Athlone.
There will be lots of raffle prizes and plenty of fun for all. Thanks are extended to everyone who contributed so generously to the raffle over the weekend.