DEPUTY Ann Phelan (Labour) has welcomed the opening of the Carlow to Kilkenny Cycle Route which was launched by Minister of State for Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Alan Kelly.
€463,000 was allocated to the project under the National Cycle Network Funding Scheme.
The route allows cyclists to access a substantial 44km of cycleway along the existing R448. Anyone now wishing to cycle to Carlow or Kilkenny will be accommodated on a 2 metre wide cycleway in both directions. The cycleway is also independent of mainline traffic flow so people are no longer required to directly interact and share road space with cars etc along their journey.
“This is a very positive investment for Carlow and Kilkenny. It is a clear example of good cross county collaboration. It will not only boost a sport which has fast become a growing trend here in Ireland, but stands to further improve health and fitness levels as well as, make our roads safer for cyclists and walkers in general,” she said.
“Carlow and Kilkenny prides itself on being a tourist region, rich in heritage and recreational amenities. The cycle route will contribute to the local economies of which it accesses and copper-fasten our appeal as a tourism destination for walkers and cyclists around the Country and from further afield,” added Deputy Phelan.