Several changes are due to be made to the footpaths, cycleways and parking on the College Road in the city.
The changes, include:
• The removal of the four “build-outs” put in place last year with the loss of several car parking spaces
• A cycle track on the left-hand side of the road in the Callan direction, to be operated at hours not in conflict with Mass times or other services at St Patrick’s Church; and the removal of permanent car parking on this side of the road (parking will be allowed on the outbound lane from the church to Ashleigh Court when services are taking place in the church)
• Measures to ensure safe entrance to and exit from the College Road Service Station and to prevent vehicles from obstructing the public footpath and proposed cyclepath, to be done in consultation with the garage owner
• A bus/car set-down area and a “pelican” crossing adjacent to St Kieran’s College
• The relocation of electrical poles to the rear of the footpaths and the overhead wires placed underground when funding is available
• A courtesy “crossing point” at the Ashleigh Court development
• Relocation of statutory signage along both footpaths where needed and removal of unnecessary signage
The amendments were outlined to members of Kilkenny County Council’s Kilkenny electoral area at their meeting on Thursday, following consultation with local residents and businesses.
“The College Road remains one of only two major routes into the city that has not made provision for cyclists,” director of services John Mulholland pointed out at the meeting. “The benefits of this scheme will be manifest in due course,” he said.
Having taken a cycling tour of the city on the recent Smarter Travel Day, Cllr Paul Cuddihy (FG) said he had a greater appreciation for the need for safe lanes for cyclists. “It is a long-term investment – in other words, it will pay off for a long time,” he said, adding: “What I would say to drivers is: If you think cyclists are a nuisance, get on your bike yourself and see what it’s like.”
Cllr John Coonan (FF) also made a renewed plea for cars to refrain from parking in cycle lanes and therefore forcing cyclists to travel in the roadway because the cycle track is obstructed.