CYCLE PATHS: Work is expected to commence on the development on new cycling infrastructure in Killarney town over the summer following agreement by local councillors on the proposals. From left: Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District, Cllr. Brendan Cronin, Manager Killarney Municipal District Angela McAllen, David Doyle, Senior Engineer, Kerry County Council. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Work is expected to commence on the development on new cycling infrastructure in Killarney town over the summer following agreement by local councillors on the proposals. The €5m project will go to tender shortly with construction expected to begin in the mid- to late summer. The new infrastructure includes a total of 3.8km of cycle paths on Rock Road, Lewis Road, Park Road, the Gaelscoil Road and Deerpark Road.

Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin welcomed the decision by the Killarney Municipal District members to unanimously approve the Part 8 planning process. He described the project as transformative for the town.

“By providing segregated cycle lanes, this project will facilitate particularly the more vulnerable road users and it will provide important linkages between residential areas, schools and sporting facilities. These improved walking and cycling facilities will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of the community and will help to improve traffic flow by facilitating a modal shift from cars to cycling and walking,” he said.

“I was delighted with the very significant levels of community engagement in the process which included an online webinar and over 90 submissions from the public. The overwhelming majority of submissions welcomed the cycle lanes project and a number of amendments were made to address concerns raised in the submissions.

“I also want to pay tribute to the elected members who recognised the importance of the project and worked closely with the communities around Killarney, raising issues on their behalf and ensuring that this is a project that will be welcomed round Killarney town.”