Maynooth Cycling Campaign-July Notes

Bikeweek

Bikeweek 2016 has come and gone. On Sunday 19th June due to bad weather, we were left with no choice but to put off the Family Cycle to Larchill. The Campaign will consider rescheduling it in July. Keep your eye on our website or Facebook page. The previous weekend, the weather for the Heritage Cycle was more favourable and a group enjoyed the cycle along  Arthur’s Way from Castletown to Oughterard.

Mullingar to Moate – the Old Rail Trail

For anyone planning a day out cycling all or part of the Old Rail Trail from Mullingar to Athlone, a review of the section from Mullingar to Moate can be found on our website at https://maynoothcyclingcampaign1.wordpress.com/ . The Old Rail Trail is part of the proposed Dublin-Galway EuroVelo Route which includes the Royal Canal between Leixlip and Westmeath.

Maynooth Outer Orbital Route

Maynooth Cycling Campaign is currently preparing a submission on the proposed Maynooth Outer Orbital Route. It turns out  that outer orbital route, rather than directing traffic away from proposed residential areas as is the norm for outer relief roads, will instead direct traffic adjacent to or through them. The result is that the Maynooth ring road will be more similar to the relief road in Clane rather than relief roads in Dunboyne or Enfield.

Appointment of  Prof Donal O’Shea as first Hon. President of Cyclist.ie.

Cyclist.ie recently announced the appointment of Prof Donal O’Shea as its first Hon. President. Prof O’Shea is a consultant endocrinologist specialising in obesity/overweight and is Chair of the Policy Group on Obesity at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also a member of the Government’s Healthy Ireland Council.

Prof O’Shea is delighted to accept this new role. “I am very pleased to take on a role as Hon. President with Cyclist.ie. The association promotes everyday cycling activity – and that’s the type of physical activity that makes a real difference at a population level over time.”

In welcoming his acceptance as Honorary President, Colm Ryder, Chairperson of Cyclist.ie stated “Cyclist.ie works across a number of Government Departments and agencies in promoting the message of the need for greater investment in regular daily physical activity. Ireland, like other European countries, needs to invest in quality, safe infrastructure to encourage people to ‘Get on your Bike’!”

Cycling Ireland and Cyclist.ie Form Strategic Partnership

Cycling Ireland and Cyclist.ie have come together to form a strategic partnership to promote and advocate for the development of cycling on the island of Ireland. With the numbers of people cycling at an all-time high, this synergy promises to be an exciting new project which will allow both bodies to advocate more effectively for cycling.

Maynooth Cycling Campaign 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.

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