Navan Cycling Initiative is a community-based group that aims to make cycling in Navan and surrounding areas safe, enjoyable, and popular.
We hope to encourage people to use cycling as part of their normal daily transport as well as a leisure activity and help Navan to become a cycle-friendly town. At the moment, cycling in Navan can be unsafe, unpleasant, and downright nerve-wracking!
We will have achieved our objectives when we see people cycling safely to school or workplace, to shops or cafés, to leisure activities, or to meet friends as part of normal, everyday life.
Navan Cycling Initiative was formed in the summer of 2020 when Kevin, Ed, Dave and Dónal came together to help make Navan a more cycle-friendly town. Since then, we have gained over 2,800 followers on social media with a small core of active members and more than 240 subscribers to our newsletter.
Achievements so far
- Family Cycle Events in Navan (see here for more)
- Mobility survey
- Schools survey with over 800 responses
- Submissions to relevant Public Consultations (see here)
- Ongoing meetings with Meath County Council Active Travel Team
- Proposal to purchase and operate Trishaws for Cyclingwithoutage.ie in Navan
- Secretary (Dave) is part of the National Executive team at Cyclist ie
In summary, we are looking for improved access to the following:
- Primary & Secondary Schools
- Retail (Navan town centre, shopping centres, retail parks, and all other businesses in the town environs)
- Enterprise (IDA & Digital Hub)
- Leisure Amenities (swimming pool, parks, cinema, gyms)
- Nature (Ramparts, Boyne Greenway, Athlumney River Walk, Boyne Valley to Lakeland County Greenway, )
- Safe commuting routes – healthy lifestyles
- Quality time with friends and family
What Meath County Council can do:
- Implement the Navan Cycle Network. This involves segregated cycle lanes on all major approach roads (Dublin Road, Kells Road, Trim Road, Kingscourt Road, Kentstown Road).
- Improve connectivity by joining up existing infrastructure
- Reduced speed limits on other roads where infrastructure is not feasible – key junctions improved to take cycling into consideration
- Temporary bollards or wands to make immediate provision for cyclists – cycling infrastructure including bike parking is built into all town development plans
What we can do:
- Get on our bikes!
- Engage with Meath County Council on how to advance cycling infrastructure
- Gain local support and inform people of progress (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) – organise meeting (Covid-19 will restrict this for now)
- Help support town improvements such as pedestriansation (see our News pages for more)
- Make submissions to ensure cycling is prioritised (see here for more)
- Kidical mass – School Cycle Buses
- Keep the conversation and discussion around these issue going
Who are we?
Navan Cycling Initiative is organised by the following volunteers.