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Tuesday, 21st May 2019

Council to consider special cycle safety kerbing for Drogheda

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A new system of cycle kerbing called Orcas (above) may be on the cards for the Dublin Road and Ballymakenny Road areas of Drogheda.

Council to examine Smith’s proposal to create safe cycle lanes for Ballymakenny Road and Dublin Road

A new system of cycle safety kerbing may be on the cards for the Dublin Road and Ballymakenny Road areas of Drogheda after Louth County Council officials agreed to examine a proposal from Cllr. Pio Smith as part of the "Smarter Transport Plan for Drogheda."

Cllr Smith said “Council officials gave a positive response to my proposal to create safe cycle lanes for the Ballymakenny Road and the Dublin Road routes into the town.”

The new safety kerbing, they’re called orcas because of their passing resemblance to the species of whales, protects cyclists from passing traffic in an innovative way to encourage more people to travel to work and school around town.

“Currently people don't feel safe cycling along the Dublin Road or the Ballymakenny Road into town because of excessive speed and traffic volumes. However, the introduction of cycle kerbing could help eliminate these issues.

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"Clearly the effectiveness of these new orcas will depend on the willingness of the Gardaí to ensure any breaches of the bike lane are not tolerated.

The orcas are fixed in the tarmac and create a barrier between the bike lane and the road space for vehicles; clearly marking out and segregating the cycle lane.

As drivers and cyclists approach them, a flexi wand signals the start of the line of orcas. The orcas are well spaced out, meaning cyclists can leave the cycle lane if they need to. And anyone in a wheelchair, a householder wanting to access their house or with a child in a buggy won’t be impeded.

“This will allow children to cycle to school along the Ballymakenny Road in a safe manner and hopefully reduce the number of car journeys to and from schools” Councillor Smith said.

“There will also be an added benefit in that greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced and both adults and children will be healthier.”

Engineers will examine the Dublin Road area to determine the feasibility of installing cycle lanes along this route.

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