Mayor Wants Priority Given To Pedestrians On Canal Walkway

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KERRY County Council will look at erecting signage on the canal walkway to advise cyclists to be mindful of pedestrians using the facility.

The issue was raised by Mayor of Tralee, Fianna Fáil Cllr. Johnnie Wall at the meeting of Tralee Municipal District on Monday morning.

Mayor Wall had a motion that due to the amount of people using the canal walk, the width of which he said does not allow for cyclists, could something be done to give priority to pedestrians and to make it safer for the people who walk there.

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In reply, Council management said they will review the query with a view to erecting advisory signage consistent with national guidance for such amenities.

Sinn Féin Cllr Cathal Foley said he would not like the message going out that cyclists aren’t welcome on the walkway. He said there are very few areas in town for children to cycle safely with their parents and it was an amenity used frequently by families.

Tralee Municipal District Engineer, Colm Nagle, said pedestrians have priority on the walkway and cyclists should recognise this. He said there is a plan to apply for funding for a new pathway on the southern side of the canal from the Wetlands to Blennerville which would increase connectivity for cyclists.

Cllr Sam Locke said another cycleway/walkway would be welcome there and alleviate the footfall on the canal walkway. He said he uses the walkway frequently and cyclists do take their time and are conscious of walkers’ safety.

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    This is only the tip of the iceberg!

    Cyclists have zero curtesy and no respect for the rules of the road / law or pedestrians.

    An Garda Síochána is responsible for this attitude as there is no enforcement of the road traffic laws with cyclists. They can cycle with speed and impunity on footpaths, break traffic lights, cycle the wrong way on the road and cycle with no lights.

    An Garda Síochána in Tralee are a joke.