THE Green Party in Kerry is calling for the appointment of an experienced cycling officer to oversee the development of cycling and walking facilities to ensure they are high quality and value for money.
Over €1.5 million is to be invested in such projects in Killarney and Tralee.
In Killarney €210,000 will be spent on improvement and widening of pedestrian facilities at Rock Road, the primary access route from large housing developments at Ballydribeen, to the schools on New Road. It will also improve linkage from the bus park on Rock Road to schools.
A further €450,000 will be spent on the new cycleway connecting Muckross Road to Ross road, where the existing is unsuitable for cycling facilities, while €150,000 will be spent on cycling networks in the town centre and €20,000 on bicycle parking.
Green Party representative in Killarney, Diarmaid Griffin, said Muckross Road is a very popular route for tourists and locals but, currently, the cycle lane ends abruptly and dangerously.
“This funding will help make Killarney a safer and healthier town to visit. Local businesses will benefit greatly too, including the many rent-a-bike stores on Muckross Road,” he said.
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