With works continuing on the College Road footpaths in the city including lines to mark spaces for cyclists and pedestrians, some local councillors are saying that the council is “making a bad job even worse” – and one councillor is suggesting that the Smarter Travel scheme should be “slashed” or “scrapped.”
Cllr Joe Reidy (FF) maintains that instead of dividing the space between cyclists and pedestrians, “they should allow cyclists and pedestrians to share the space, not segregate them.”
“If you are a couple with a buggy, you will not be able to walk on the footpath together, the way it’s divided,” Cllr Reidy said. “I asked the council not to spend any more money on the College Road until we could have a full debate on it, but they are obviously intent on wasting money.”
“It was a shared space, actually,” insisted Cllr Betty Manning (FG). “People were automatically sharing the space without it being spelled out. These things happen naturally.”
“I have no issue with money being spent to upgrade any part of this city, but any intervention that does nothing for this fine entrance into Kilkenny but defaces College Road, and only serves to take away parking spaces, this has to be questioned,” she said.
“With the shortage of funding in so many other areas of need, it looks to me like it is time to either slash or scrap the initiative called Smarter Travel, which seems to have money to burn,” she said of the initiative put in place by the previous government to encourage cycling, walking and public transport instead of a reliance on cars.