Motions calling for safe cycling measures
Navan Cycling Initiative are delighted to report that a recent motion brought forward by Cllr. Yemi Adenuga calling on Meath County Council ‘to provide segregated cycling facilities along R147 / Dublin Road’ was passed. The Dublin Road will form a key part in a network of existing and planned cycle lanes that will ultimately make cycling safer, more convenient and enjoyable in Navan. The road is also wide enough to implement segregated cycling lanes on both sides. It is a very positive and welcome development, and we hope to see it happen as soon as possible.
Additionally, Cllr Yemi Adenuga also put forward two further motions (see video above for more) which outlined the following:
1) “Can Meath County Council please provide a list of specifically designated cycle lanes in major towns in Meath (existing and planned) and highlight what plans are in place, including deadlines, to deliver the cycle lanes that are currently just in the plan?“
2) “Call on Meath County Council to introduce fast-track procedures for the implementation of COVID-19 mobility measures in Meath.”
Response from MCC: The fast tracking of mobility measures is not something that Meath County Council has pursued. There are limited opportunities to implement schemes that would have the impact as requested in this Notice of Motion, because the current infrastructure is of a scale that makes doing stretches in isolation difficult. Following the lockdown earlier in 2020, Meath County Council looked at various options for improving pedestrian or cycling facilities in town centres using temporary measures, however these considerations usually resulted in providing an incomplete cycling service with limited connectivity or a reduction in on-street parking.
Instead of temporary measures, Meath County Council has focused its resources to continue and develop permanent schemes in line with a proposal being considered at national level to construct a significant programme of infrastructure which will feed into a five year programme of sustainable pedestrian and cycling schemes.
Meath County Council are currently working with the NTA seeking grant approvals for numerous cycling schemes throughout the county, as well as enhancing the town bus service in Navan
Navan Cycling Initiative would like to thank Cllr Yemi Adenuga for her work in helping to make cycling safer in Navan. If you would like to see safe cycle lanes on the Dublin Road and more, be sure to let your local councillors know, and get in touch with Navan Cycling Initiative!