Saturday, May 14, 2022

Noah, Sadie and Miah Cobbe pictured at the start of the Portarlington family friendly cycle.
Photo: Michael Scully.

Cyclists pictured along the Canal Road during the Portarlington family friendly cycle to call for more safe cycle lanes in the town.
Photo: Michael Scully.

Freya and Stewart McCaul cycling along the Canal Road during the Portarlington cycle.
Photo: Michael Scully.

Cyclists pictured at Main Street during the Portarlington cycle to call for more safe cycle lanes in the town.
Photo: Michael Scully.

Freya and Stewart McCaul at the Portarlington family friendly cycle to call for more safe cycle lanes in the town.
Photo: Michael Scully.

Organisers, gardaí and cyclists, pictured at Solas Garden at the start of the Portarlington family friendly cycle to call for more safe cycle lanes in the town.
Photo: Michael Scully.

 

By Joe Barrett

 

THE organisers of the inaugural Critical Mass Cycle in Portarlington expressed their delight at the amount of people who turned out to support the initiative.

Portarlington Business Association Sustainable Energy Community put a call out to the local community to join them in the cycle on Saturday 30 April.

The event took place to highlight the lack of cycling facilities in the town and surround ding areas.

According to the group: “People of all ages and abilities should have the opportunity to safely cycle in their town.”

The event promoted safe cycling while having fun for all the family at the same time.

Following the cycle, the group said: “It was so encouraging to see a strong turnout for the first critical mass cycle event in Portarlington. So many cyclists braved the damp conditions, but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits.

“There’s a real appetite for safe cycling in Portarlington so let’s build on this momentum to call the measures to be put in place that are needed.

The next such event in the town is planned to take place on Saturday 28 May at 2pm from the Solas Eco Garden Shop and the last Saturday of each month thereafter.

Portarlington Business Association Sustainable Energy Community is calling on both Laois and Offaly County Councils to improve cycle infrastructure for all to include safe segregated cycle lanes throughout the town centre. A 30kmh speed limits for zones where segregated lanes are not feasible and traffic calming measures to make the town safer for all road users.

For more details contact [email protected] or call John on 085 7556240.

 

 

 

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