Scoil Bhríde – Safe Routes to School

Public Consultation Outcome Report - November 2022

The Public Consultation Outcome Report, detailing the feedback received, consultations undertaken and the ‘Next Steps’ is now available.

Public Consultation Outcome Report: Scoil Bhríde


Scoil Bhríde School Zone – Public Consultation May 2022


As part of the Safe Routes to School programme, Galway City Council is engaging with the school community of Scoil Bhríde to develop a ‘front of school’ design to make it safer for children walking, cycling and scooting to school. The design will also benefit residents and commuters walking and cycling through their neighbourhood.

93% of Scoil Bhríde parents/ guardians support works at the front of school that improve student safety, putting pedestrians and cyclists first

94% of parents/guardians would support works that improve the walking and cycling routes to the school

(December 2021 – Parents & Guardians Travel Survey)


When parents/ guardians in Scoil Bhríde were asked what improvement would support children to walk, cycle or scoot to school, the most frequently requested changes were:

- New/improved footpaths (53%)
- Safer crossing points (53%)
- Reduced traffic speed (44%)
- New/improved cycle paths (38%)

Galway City Council has developed a design to address concerns expressed by parents/ guardians, and is inviting public feedback on the proposals.


What is proposed at Scoil Bhríde?

A ‘School Zone’s design has been developed for Scoil Bhríde, based on the national Safe Routes to School design guidance, and engagement with the school.

The design also incorporates design guidance such as the National Cycle Manual and the Design Manual for Urban Streets.

Elements Proposed:

- Pencil bollards to prevent parking on footpaths where children are walking
- Road markings highlighting the school to drivers
- Raised table pedestrian crossings letting children cross and slowing cars down
- Continuous Footways giving ‘visual priority’ to pedestrians and slowing cars down
- Tighter junctions making the junction shorter for children to cross            
- Double yellow lines to discourage parked cars blocking traffic/ children’s line of sight
- Anti-skid surfacing

You can view the drawings for Scoil Bhríde here


A ‘talk through’ presentation of the drawing can be viewed here 


Leaflet with images of Elements Proposed


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