Cycle culture is
‘a vision for our town’- Engineer

dundalk Town Councillors will review the progress of the council’s Smarter Travel projects.

dundalk Town Councillors will review the progress of the council’s Smarter Travel projects.

The council approved a motion from Cllr Sean Bellew calling on members to review the policy and how it is implemented.

Cllr Bellew was critical of the ongoing costs of cycle lanes which he said are not being used.

“You have to wonder if it is worth it when only one per cent of children cycle to school,” he said.

“We have to stop for a minute and ask, can we afford it?”

The total expendure by the council over the next two years on the Smarter Travel School Programme will be 600,000 euro.

However, 90 per cent of this will come from the Government.

Cllr Martin Bellew said the council would have to stick with the policy until the cycle network for the town is completed.

He was critical of the rubbish that has accumulated in some of them. This includes broken glass.

Cllr Mark Dearey said the benefits of the cycle system will not be obvious until the network is completed.

He said the controversy over the cycle lanes at Stapleton Place had taken away from the success the project promised and in that case there should have been consultations with the local residents.

Town Engineer Catherine Duff said her staff were building on something that had begun 12 to 15 years ago. By June, there will be a cycle track from the outskirts right to the centre of the town.

As well as a building and engineering project, it is also about society and changing attitutes and how we travel and move about the town in the future.

“It will take time,” she said. “I see it as a vision for our town.”