Deering Welcomes Carlow to Kilkenny Cycle Route.

7th June, 2012

 

 

GOVT ANNOUNCES €7 MILLION FOR CYCLE ROUTES

 

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has today (Thursday) welcomed the Governments announcement that €7 million is to be invested in cycle routes and especially the inclusion of Carlow – Paulstown – Kilkenny in the list.

The funding will see sixteen separate cycling projects built across the country over the next two years amounting to an additional 334 kilometres of cycleway as part of the National Cycle Network.

“These projects will enhance both the experience and attractiveness of cycling across the country and what better place than cycling from Carlow to Kilkenny”

“We are trying to create a more cycle-friendly culture across the country and to try and get as many people out of their cars and onto their bikes. Safe high-quality routes across the country is vital both for locals and tourists and these routes have huge tourism potential.

The funding follows a commitment in the programme for Government to continue National Cycle Policy Framework. A competitive funding scheme was launched in March 2012 to fund Local Authorities to deliver cycling routes around the country which could act as both transport corridors and recreational and tourism amenities.

The programme will deliver a wide variety of route types, including on road routes along rural roads and former national roads, and off-road routes along former rail lines and canal tow paths. The routes will provide valuable transport and recreational infrastructure, with some of the routes having the potential to become tourism attractions in their own right.

“This funding scheme represents a very significant commitment to cycling and cyclists as outlined in the Programme for Government and I am certain that the investment will provide very welcome and long lasting economic benefits.”

“The Carlow – Paulstown – Kilkenny will be along the old Carlow / Kilkenny main road, 45km costing €465,00. I am hopeful that these projects funded here will help to unlock the transport and tourism potential that cycling has to offer in Carlow / Kilkenny and all around the country”.

The announcement comes just weeks before National Bike Week starting June 16th which will see a series of cycling events being held across the country.