(This article first appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Maynooth Newsletter)
Bikeweek 2016 runs from the 11-19th June and as in previous years, Maynooth Cycling Campaign has organised a number of events. Last year the Heritage Cycle went from Leixlip to Celbridge along the first part of Arthur’s Way, the Arthur Guinness heritage trail. This year we propose following the second half from Celbridge to Oughterard on the 12th June. Please note that we will be starting from the Main Gates of Castletown House at 2:30pm. On Sunday, 19th June, the Family Cycle will start from Courthouse Square in Maynooth at 2:30pm and visit the Arcadian Gardens at Larchill.
Correction to May Notes
In the May Notes, we stated that in the vote on the Part 8 Proposals for the Naas Dublin Road Corridor Scheme, there was all-party support for the proposals. This was a mistake as the voted was passed with cross-part support. Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein voted in favour with other parties opposing the proposals.
Maynooth Cycling Campaign has launched a new improved website. It includes additional articles that have not generally been released and can be found at the following location: https://maynoothcyclingcampaign1.wordpress.com/ or a link on our Facebook page.
Stop Climate Chaos
Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network which is the umbrella for Irish local cycling campaign groups, has joined STOP CLIMATE CHAOS, an alliance of organisations which wants the Irish government to seriously address the problem of climate change.
Royal Canal Greenway – Public Consultation
Maynooth Cycling Campaign strongly supports the development of the Royal Canal as a greenway. However, we recommend that any decision on the current Part 8 proposals be postponed until outstanding issues have been addressed particularly the clarification of the proposed width.
This greenway is an important element of the national and EuroVelo cycle network and has the potential, if properly designed, to reduce congestion in Maynooth/Leixlip/Celbridge, develop the region’s tourism potential and provide a fantastic amenity for the residents of North Kildare.
Kildare County Development Plan 2017-23
Kildare County Council has launched the public consultation for the new County Development Plan 2017-23. The public has until 13th July to make observations.
Maynooth North Ring
Meath County Council has also commenced public consultation on part of the northern ring road around Maynooth between Moyglare Hall and the Dunboyne Road. The consultation period lasts until 5th July. Note that submissions must be forwarded to Meath County Council and not Kildare as is usual.
Maynooth Cycling is a non-party political cycling advocacy group. Its aims are to promote cycling as a healthy leisure pursuit and as a safe, enjoyable and efficient mode of transport for everyone in the Maynooth area.
It is affiliated to Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cyclist Advocacy Network and through it to the European Cycling Federation.