KILKENNY is to receive a grant of €400,000 for a bridge linking Barman Quay (Dunnes Stores) and John’s Quaey at the Carnegie library. Labour TD, Ann Phelan welcomed the money, part of the Active Travel Towns Programme.
Quaylink has been included in the Kilkenny City plan, and is an important part of the overall Mobility Management Plan. The borough council has already provided The River Route and this will link the already existing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. The overall objective is to link the new initiatives with the City Centre Retail Area in High Street.
“This is a very welcome investment in Kilkenny and one we should embrace. It will make our towns and villages a happier and a safer place to live in the long run,” she said.
The Active Towns Programme is trying to create a more cycling-friendly and walking-friendly culture throughout the country, but it is not just providing the infrastructure, it is also combined with a move to change people’s attitude and behaviour. It purports to combine the two – having the cycle paths and pedestrian zones, together with an education initiative to encourage people to leave the car at home and to use the new infrastructure