City to celebrate Smarter Travel Saturday

Kilkenny people are set to celebrate alternative and healthy ways of getting to shop, work and play next Saturday, June 25th, in a day with fun and educational activities for the city’s locals and visitors alike.

Kilkenny people are set to celebrate alternative and healthy ways of getting to shop, work and play next Saturday, June 25th, in a day with fun and educational activities for the city’s locals and visitors alike.

The day of activities is being organised by Kilkenny Local Authorities and the local Smarter Travel Office as part of a drive to create a city in which pedestrians, cyclists and people of all ages and abilities find the city easy to access whilst also being a vibrant place in which to do business.

Kilkenny Local Authorities invite all the citizens and visitors of Kilkenny to come out and celebrate the many ways to move around the compact city by the Nore which has become known as the ‘ten minute city’ as getting around it takes no longer than ten minutes!

Director of Services for Transportation , John Mulholland says “Next Saturday offers an opportunity to look at the different ways we can get around Kilkenny. For centuries our city has been a vibrant business centre but also a great place in which to live and one which is now one of the most popular destinations to visit in Ireland. The local authorities have made huge advances in making Kilkenny a better place and the recent work on John Street shows what can be done when we work together. We recognise the many positive things we already have achieved but we must also look to the future. There is a rise for instance in older visitors to Kilkenny and our city centre needs to reflect that.

We need our streets and pathways to be accessible and comfortable for everybody. When people drive into the city centre we need them to have adequate access to well located parking, but we also want to be at the cutting edge of looking at new areas like accommodating electric cars, having enough bike stands and looking at the possibilities for environmentally friendly public transport.

We also need to follow the lead being shown by the children in many of our schools who are promoting walking and cycling as part of a drive towards healthy lifestyles.”

Next Saturday will see a huge range of activities including Kilkenny’s first view of some of the leading hybrid and electric cars, fun exercise activities including walks, cycles and demonstrations and talks on healthy food and the latest trends and information on the health and environmental benefits of switching to smarter travel for all.

The emphasis will be on a fun family day out including puppet shows, free music on the street and celebrity led activities, with two recently introduced new businesses in the city - The Kilkenny City Road Train and Kilkenny Cycle Tours been highlighted.