September 29, 2020

A good sign: Waterford gets €75,000 to make cycling safer on our roads

Waterford Council has receieved €75,000 for new signage to make cycling safer on our roads.

Welcoming the funding, Waterford Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh (pictured) said: “In the same week that we have heard of the sad passing of a cyclist in Dublin, the need to ensure safe cycling infrastructure has never been greater.

“As a result of Covid, we have seen a large increase in cycling, as a means of exercise, recreation and also transport. A large number of the cyclists we meet on the roads these last few months are new and inexperienced and many are children. To maintain their participation in cycling, we need to ensure their safety. Signage indicating the safe overtaking distance for cyclists plays an important role in this.”

Deputy Ó Cathasaigh said Waterford City and County Council was one of 19 local authorities to apply for this funding.

He added: “This announcement continues the pattern of funding for active travel measures we have seen in recent funding announcements and it is a crucial part of the overall picture. It’s known that any cars overtaking a cyclist must do so at a safe distance of 1.5m. Signage to that effect is crucial in reminding vehicle users of this distance.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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