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Boost for Cahir Cyclists And Motorcyclists

A motion before this months council by Mayor Andy Moloney to have cycle lanes provided on the Clogheen road is to get the green lights with the preparation of preliminary plans between the town and the ABP factory for starters.

This will facilitate the costing of the concept and a decision on whether or not a part 8 is required. Any such proposal is subject to funding and the approval of the elected members.

Moloney says that he is happy that council have approved the cycle lanes in theory and would hope the members can approve funding. He argued the case that the margins on the Clogheen road are plenty wide for a cycle lane and the removal of the dirty grass margin will not only tidy up the roadside but provide cyclists with a safer route on a road that's generally busy with heavy vehicles due to the factories. He would hope that the more cycle lanes we have would encourage more to use their bikes and promote Cahir as a cycle friendly town.

He also welcomed the news that Cahir is on the Bikers Trail of Ireland and this will bring more motorcyclists into town in the coming years. Part of the trail requires bike parking spaces and council will create a number of spaces without the loss of car parking bays.

Further biker spaces will be created upon a survey over the coming months. He would hope that some facility for bikers to lock away helmets and gear could be provided while they look around the town.