Galway School becomes the First City-Centre ‘School Streets’ Project in Ireland
School children and parents in Scoil Iognáid in Galway City Centre took to the streets today, in celebration of Galway’s first ‘School Streets’ pilot project. A ‘School Street’ is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop off and pick up times – creating a safer, calmer space for children, parents and residents to walk, scoot or cycle. The pilot was launched today by Mayor of Galway City Council, Mike Cubbard, and Minister Hildegarde Naughton of the Department of Transport, with hundreds of families joining to create the first city-centre School Streets project in Ireland. This project is funded by the National Transport Authority, and delivered with the support of the Green-Schools Travel programme, An Garda Siochána, and the wider school community.
As part of the pilot project, Palmyra Row, Palmyra Avenue and Raleigh Row will be pedestrianised from Monday 30th November during the school pick up and drop off times (Monday to Friday, 8.15am to 9.15am and 1.15pm to 2.45pm, during school term times only). Residents will still have access to their homes during these times, as will cyclists or ‘blue badge’ holders accessing the school.
– School children and parents in Scoil Iognáid in Galway City Centre took to the streets today, in celebration of Galway’s first ‘School Streets’ pilot project
Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, commented, “Galway City Council is delighted to partner with Scoil Iognáid for this pilot project, with fantastic initiative shown by the parents, children and teachers in the school. The engagement, support and buy-in of the wider community – including the residents on the three pedestrianised streets - has been heartening. We look forward to learning from this pilot, with a view to engaging with more schools in Galway City. The support of the National Transport Authority, and the experience of Fingal County Council from their School Streets project in Malahide, has been most welcome in this regard”.
Speaking about the launch, Michael Aherne, of the National Transport Authority, commented, “The NTA are delighted to fund and support the Scoil Iognáid School Streets project. We congratulate Galway City Council on the initiative, recognising the support and involvement of multiple stakeholders, including An Taisce Green-Schools Travel, parents, elected members, an Garda Siochána and the school itself. The space outside the school gate, where high numbers of children and young people converge, can often be chaotic and dangerous. This important scheme demonstrates how that space can be managed differently, placing people as the priority with safety, community and environmental benefits. This is the first School Street pilot located within a city centre environment, and includes other integrated complementary elements such as Park-and-Stride (initiated earlier this year), and new road layouts, scheduled to follow early in 2021 under the NTA’s Sustainable Transport Measures Grant Programme. The implementation of this scheme will inform the delivery of similar projects across Ireland in 2021 and thereafter.”
Mayor of Galway City Council, Mike Cubbard, and Minister Hildegarde Naughton of the Department of Transport, welcomed the hundreds of families joining to create the first city-centre School Streets project in Ireland.
Minister Hildegarde Naughton of the Department of Transport welcomed the announcement saying "I want to congratulate everyone involved in delivering Ireland's first city-centre 'School Streets' project. This project showcases great leadership shown by the team at Scoil Iognáid, the pupils, parents, Galway City Council and wider community. Together they are setting a great example to other cities and communities nationwide to deliver 'Safe Routes to School' for our children, a new initiative I am leading from within the Department of Transport. I look forward to continuing to support this project, and many others of its kind, in the months and years ahead."
Further information on the School Streets project can be found at www.galwaycity.ie/schoolstreets