Galway City Council will this week turn on the lights on a pedestrian crossing on the R336 Barna Road, linking Cappagh Park to Silverstrand Blue Flag beach as part of a 1.7km route to support active travel, and connections on foot. A wheelchair, bike and pedestrian-friendly path was completed through Barna Woods in 2020, with the new crossing now in place to facilitate access to Silverstrand beach. This latest pedestrian crossing in the City supports Galway City Council’s objective of increasing active travel, and is also an action in the City Council’s Road Safety Plan. This project was funded by National Transport Authority Stimulus package.
Other pedestrian crossings (x 31) provided by Galway City Council over the past 4 years include Siobhan McKenna Road (Laurel Park); Rosary Lane (Scoil Róis); Taylor’s Hill Road/ Rosary Lane; Ballymoneen Road (Coláiste na Corribe); Ballymoneen Road (St John the Apostle Catholic Church); Seacrest (St John the Apostle Catholic Church); Shantalla Road (Scoil Bhríde); Michael Collins Road (Medtronic/ St James’s GAA); Gort na Bró (x2 Gaeilscoil Mhic Amhlaigh); Doughiska Road (Merlin Woods National School); Headford Road (Ballinfoile and Castlegar Community Centre); Western Distributor Road (x17); Clybaun Road (Clybaun Stores) and Barna Road (Barna Woods).
The crossings are in addition to other pedestrian improvements on-going in the city, such as the pedestrian area refurbishment in the City Centre, and footpath repairs in locations including Dominick Street, Mary Street, Market Street and Abbeygate Street.
Uinsinn Finn, Acting Director of Services, Galway City Council, commented “Following public consultation on measures to support social distancing in summer 2020, Galway City Council requested funding from the National Transport Authority Stimulus Fund in July 2020 to enhance pedestrian facilities connecting Cappagh Park to Silverstrand. Phase 1 of these works was completed in 2020, with resurfacing and improvement to the walking and cycle route in Barna Woods. The provision of the pedestrian crossing is Phase 2 of this project, and brings the number of pedestrian crossings provided by Galway City Council to 31 in the past 4 years. Additional crossings are currently progressing in locations including Henry Street, linked with the School Streets pilot project at Scoil Iognáid; Millar’s Lane at Western Distributor Road; and Bothar Stiofáin; with an additional 8 pedestrian crossings in the pipeline for implementation this year. Further pedestrian facilities will progress as part of large scale projects including BusConnects Galway Cross-City Link and Dublin Road, and as part of the Cycle Network. Galway City Council welcome the support of the National Transport Authority for this project”.
Jimmy Callan, Acting Senior Engineer, from Galway City Council, commented, “Visitors to Silverstrand on a sunny day will know that the beach experiences high traffic volumes and congestion on busy days. Galway City Council is encouraging active travel to Silverstrand, with car parking available in Cappagh Park, and an attractive walking route to the beach via Barna Woods. Car parking is also available in Hunters/ Rusheen Bay, approximately 1km from Silverstrand. Cycle parking and toilet facilities are available at Silverstrand, with lifeguards on duty from the 1st of June. The provision of the pedestrian crossing at Barna Woods will provide a safe crossing point on this route and goes towards our objective of providing safe routes for active travel.”
Visitors to Barna Woods can also participate in a ‘biodiversity walk’ for the woods, see www.galwaycity.ie/galwaybiodiversitywalks