Active Travel

Active Travel/ Galway City Cycle Network

The Active Travel/ Galway City Cycle Network is an infrastructure programme to improve Active Travel (walking and cycling) provision in Galway City.
This programme is funded by the National Transport Authority, and the Urban Regional Development Fund (Call 1). The Eglinton Canal Active Travel route is also funded by Fáilte Ireland. 


The Active Travel/ Galway City Cycle Network includes infrastructure for walking e.g. pedestrian crossings, footpath; and for cycling e.g. cycle paths, cycle lanes, cycle parking. The provision of walking and cycling infrastructure, including the Galway City Cycle Network, is a key objective of Government policy – supporting access and permeability; providing opportunities for active travel and physical activity; and supporting climate action in our city. The Active Travel/ Galway City Cycle Network forms part of the Galway Transport Strategy (GTS), which was developed in partnership by Galway City Council, Galway County Council and the National Transport Authority.

The GTS was adopted in 2016, and incorporated into the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023 in January 2017.

The GTS Appendix recommends a ‘Core Cycling Network’ as one of ten priority measures to improve Galway City’s transport network. As a compact area with a relatively flat topography, Galway City is well suited to cycling as a means of transport. 22% of those living in Galway City walk to work, school or college, with 5% cycling (Census 2011). High quality facilities for walking and cycling are needed to encourage more people to walk and cycle to school, services or for leisure.

Galway City is a medieval city, with limited road space and multiple needs and uses on our streets – for example, drainage, lighting, deliveries, waste collection, bins, green areas, seating, walking, cycling, bus stops, parking, driving, playing, markets, signage, and so on. All of these factors will inform the type of active travel infrastructure being developed, in addition to legislative requirements (including procurement), and design guidance, including the National Cycle Manual and the Public Realm Strategy.

Through the development of the Active Travel/ Galway City Cycle Network, Galway City Council will provide a safer, more comfortable environment, for pedestrians and cyclists in Galway City. This network will facilitate increased pedestrian and cycle movement within the city; improve connectivity and permeability; and support a more attractive, inclusive and vibrant public realm.

High quality walking and cycling facilities increase access to public transport, and create opportunities to swap the private car for more sustainable and active travel options for short trips. Less cars in our city will support better air quality, and reduced transport-related emissions, as well as reducing fuel costs for motorists switching to other modes.

 

Galway City Cycle Network Routes

The Galway City Cycle Network proposes a hierarchy of cycle routes, including Greenways, Primary, Secondary and Feeder routes

The overall aspiration of the Network is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for cyclists in the city and surrounding areas, supporting an increase in cycling and encouraging modal shift from the private car to cycling. Walking facilities will also be provided along the network.

The Galway City Cycle Network was developed as a result of extensive studies undertaken as part of the Galway Transport Strategy, in accordance with the Common Appraisal Framework for Transport projects and programmes.
Where possible, the proposed routes are fully segregated, with cyclists physically separated from motorised traffic. In other cases, the network includes o-road cycle lanes and/ or wide bus lanes to cater for both buses and cyclists along the same routes (‘Shared Street’).

Where necessary, traffic management measures have also been incorporated to reduce traffic speeds, thereby improving the environment for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport vehicles.
As Galway is a medieval city, the physical space available is a constraint along many of the routes.

As routes progress through the phases of development, more information on each route will be made available at www.activetravelgalway.ie

 

Policy

The development of a sustainable, high capacity and well-functioning transport network for Galway City is a priority of several government policy documents including Project Ireland 2040; the Climate Action Plan 2019; the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Northern and Western Region (RSES), incorporating the Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan (MASP); and the Galway City Development Plan.


These national, regional and local policy documents all recognise the benefits in providing a core, primary, secondary and feeder cycle network, which includes segregated cycle routes, on-road cycle lanes and/ or wide bus lanes to cater for both buses and cyclists (‘Shared Street’) along the same route, and are supported by the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants scheme, as funded by the National Transport Authority.

 

 

Clybaun Road (South) - Public Notice

Road Traffic Act 1994
Proposed Active Travel / Traffic Calming Measures on the L-5001 Clybaun Road (South)

Public Notice in Accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transport Regulations Act, 2009 (Section 46) Measures to enhance public bus services — traffic calming measures, Galway City Council hereby gives notice of its intention to provide the following traffic calming measures on the L-5001, Clybaun Road (South), between the Western Distributor Road and the Shangort Road, Galway.

The proposed development, which is the subject of this Section 38 notice, will include the following:
• Raised junction entries at the following junctions:
o Glenvale Court (L-50011),
o Doire Gheal (L-50015),
o Cill Cais,
o Fearnóg,
o Windfield Gardens (L-50012),
o Clybaun Court,
o Clybaun Close (L-50010),
o Cluain Airne (L-50013),
o Combers Lane,
• Traffic light / Belisha Beacon controlled raised pedestrian crossings at the following locations:
o Clybaun Road (L-5001) at the southern arm of the roundabout junction with Western Distributor Road,
o Clybaun Road (L-5001) fronting Clybaun Stores,
o Clybaun Road (L-5001) south of Windfield Gardens, and
o Clybaun Road (L-5001) south of Combers Lane,
• Provision of new inline Bus Stops,
• Signalisation (Traffic Light) of the Shangort Road / Clybaun Road South junction (L-5003, L-5001, L-5132). The upgrade will include the provision of traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junction, and
• Provision of ancillary works including Kerb Realignment, Pavement Works, Landscaping, Public Lighting, footway renewals and traffic signs and road markings.
Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 28th October 2021 to 25th of November 2021 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.) at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only. Please contact Customer Services on 091 536 400 or customerservice@galwaycity.ie
Drawings are also available for inspection on the Galway City Council website: www.galwaycity.ie or www.activetravelgalway.ie
Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see www.activetravelgalway.ie) or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to activetravel@galwaycity.ie before 4.00 p.m. on the 25th November 2021.

Signed:
Uinsinn Finn,
A/ Director of Services,
Transportation, Planning & Physical Development Department,
Galway City Council.

 

Drawings

Full Route

Section A, B, C

Section D, E

Section 38  Report

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Ballyloughane Road - Public Notice

Road Traffic Act 1994
Proposed Active Travel / Traffic Calming Measures on the L-50441, L-5044 & L-5045 Ballyloughane Road & L-5046 Renmore Avenue

Public Notice in Accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transport Regulations Act, 2009 (Section 46) Measures to enhance public bus services — traffic calming measures, Galway City Council hereby gives notice of its intention to provide the following traffic calming measures on the Ballyloughane Road (L-50441, L-5044 & L-5045) & Renmore Avenue (L-5046), Galway.

The proposed development, which is the subject of this Section 38 notice, will include the following:
• Raised junction entries at the following junctions:
o Murrough Avenue (L-5043),
o Murrough Park (L-50433),
o Seagrove (L-50431),
o Fuschia Drive (L-50465),
o Tearmann Eala (L-50432),
o Kingfisher Gym Access
o Melody’s Court (L-50456)
o Rowan Avenue (L-50461),
o Bon Secours Hospital Entrance, Renmore Avenue
• Traffic light / Belisha Beacon controlled raised pedestrian crossings at the following locations:
o Ballyloughane Road (L-50441), north of railway,
o Renmore Avenue (L-5046) (2 No.) fronting Scoil Chaitríona.
• Uncontrolled Raised Pedestrian Crossing at the following locations:
o Ballyloughane Road (L-50441), south of Fuschia Drive,
o Ballyloughane Road (L-50441), south of Seagrove, and
o Ballyloughane Road (L-50441), south of Murrough Avenue.
• Traffic Calming Measures (Speed Cushion / Ramps) on Ballyloughane Road (L-50441), south of railway
• Traffic Calming Measures (Kerb Build Outs / Chicanes) incorporating Uncontrolled Raised Pedestrian Crossing at the following locations:
o Renmore Avenue (L-5046) west of the car park entrance to Catholic Church Of St Oliver Plunkett, incorporating Uncontrolled Raised Pedestrian Crossing,
o Renmore Avenue (L-5046) west of the rear entrance to Bon Secours Hospital, incorporating Uncontrolled Raised Pedestrian Crossing, and
o Renmore Avenue (L-5046) west of the proposed signalised junction of Renmore Avenue and Ballyloughane Road.
• Provision of new inline Bus Stops,
• Signalisation (Traffic Lights) of the following junctions:
o The Junction of Ballyloughane Road (L-5045) and Private Road (to Gaelscoil Dara),
o The junction of Ballyloughane Road (L-5045 & L-5044) and Renmore Avenue (L-5046), and
o The junction of Renmore Avenue (L-5046) and Renmore Road (L-5046 & L-50442).
The upgrade will include the provision of traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junctions,
• School Zone Markings and interventions at the following locations;
o Gaelscoil Dara – Ballyloughane Road (L-5045),
o Scoil Chaitríona – Renmore Avenue (L-5046),
• Provision of ancillary works including Kerb Realignment, Pavement Works, Landscaping, Public Lighting, footway renewals and traffic signs and road markings.

Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 28th October 2021 to 25th of November 2021 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.) at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only. Please contact Customer Services on 091 536 400 or customerservice@galwaycity.ie
Drawings are also available for inspection on the Galway City Council website: www.galwaycity.ie or www.activetravelgalway.ie
Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see www.activetravelgalway.ie) or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to activetravel@galwaycity.ie before 4.00 p.m. on the 25th November 2021.

Signed:
Uinsinn Finn,
A/ Director of Services,
Transportation, Planning & Physical Development Department,
Galway City Council.

Section 38 Report

Drawings

Ballyloughane Road – Section A

Ballyloughane Road – Section B

Ballyloughane Road – Section C

Ballyloughane Road – Section D

Renmore Avenue – Drawing 1

Renmore Avenue – Drawing 2

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Eglinton Canal - Public Notice

Road Traffic Act 1994
Proposed Active Travel / Traffic Calming Measures on the L-51012 Canal Road Upper and L-51011 Canal Road Lower (Eglinton Canal)
Public Notice in Accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transport Regulations Act, 2009 (Section 46) Measures to enhance public bus services — traffic calming measures, Galway City Council hereby gives notice of its intention to provide the following traffic calming measures on the L-51012 Canal Road Upper and L-51011 Canal Road Lower (Eglinton Canal), Galway.


The proposed development, which is the subject of this Section 38 notice, will include the following:
• Raised junction entry at junction of University Road / Canal Road Upper (R-863 / L-51012),
• Traffic light / Belisha Beacon controlled raised pedestrian crossing at Presentation Road (L-5101),
• Traffic light / Belisha Beacon controlled raised pedestrian crossing at New Road (L-5116),
• Traffic light/ Belisha Beacon controlled raised pedestrian crossing at Dominick Street Upper / Dominick Street Lower/ Raven Terrace (L-5108, L-5103, L-5107),
• Traffic light / Belisha Beacon controlled raised pedestrian crossing at Fr. Griffin Road / Raven Terrace / Claddagh Quay (R-336, L-5107, L-5061),
• Upgrade to existing and provision of new footpaths / surfaces on the Canal Road Upper (L-51012) and Canal Road Lower (L-51011), and
• Provision of appropriate traffic signs and road markings.
Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 1st October 2021 to 29th of October 2021 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only. Please contact Customer Services on 091 536 400 or customerservice@galwaycity.ie

Drawings are also available for inspection on the Galway City Council website: www.galwaycity.ie or www.activetravelgalway.ie
Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see www.activetravelgalway.ie) or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to activetravel@galwaycity.ie before 4.00 p.m. on the 29th of October 2021.


Signed:
Uinsinn Finn, A/ Director of Services,
Transportation, Planning & Physical Development Department,
Galway City Council.

 

Drawing - Full Route

Drawing - Section A

Drawing Section B

Drawing - Section C

Section 38 Report

Give Feedback - Online Form

 

Doughiska Road (South) - Public Notice

Road Traffic Act 1994
Proposed Galway Cycle Network / Traffic Calming Measures on the L-5036 Doughiska Road (South)


Public Notice in Accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transport Regulations Act, 2009 (Section 46) Measures to enhance public bus services — traffic calming measures, Galway City Council hereby gives notice of its intention to provide the following traffic calming measures on the (L-5036) Doughiska Road (South), Galway.
The proposed development, which is the subject of this Section 38 notice, will include the following:
• Traffic light controlled raised junction at junction of Doughiska Road South / Ros Caoin,
• Traffic light controlled raised pedestrian crossings at Doughiska Road South (L-5036),
• Raised junction treatments along Doughiska Road South at:
o Castlegar GAA Club,
o Durbhan Road (L-50367),
o Durling Road (L-50366),
o Caiseal Cam,
o Garraí Sheáin,
o Roscam Park (L-50365), and
o Radharc and Chaisleáin
• Upgrade to existing and provision of new footpaths / surfaces along the Doughiska Road South (L-5036),
• Provision of new cycle lanes / tracks along the Doughiska Road South (L-5036), and
• Provision of appropriate traffic signs and road markings.
Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 1st October 2021 to 29th of October 2021 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only. Please contact Customer Services on 091 536 400 or customerservice@galwaycity.ie
Drawings are also available for inspection on the Galway City Council website: www.galwaycity.ie or www.activetravelgalway.ie

Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see www.activetravelgalway.ie) or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to activetravel@galwaycity.ie before 4.00 p.m. on the 29th of October 2021.

Signed:
Uinsinn Finn, A/ Director of Services,
Transportation, Planning & Physical Development Department,
Galway City Council.

 

Drawing Section 1

Drawing Section 2

Drawing Section 3

Section 38 Report

Give Feedback - Online Form

 

 

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Funders Cycle Network Active Travel