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Limerick leading the way as Ireland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration City

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This week marks
European Mobility Week, an initiative that aims to promote sustainable urban mobility, organised by the European
Commission. The week is very significant in Limerick in our position as
Ireland’s demonstration city for walking, cycling, car sharing and public
transport.
In February 2012 Minister Alan Kelly announced Limerick’s
Smarter Travel designation, a move that saw Limerick receive funding of
€9million over a five year period. Over the past two years a lot of excellent
work has gone on behind the scenes at Limerick Smarter Travel headquarters in
the Granary.
I don’t drive. I have never had the need to drive having
spent most of my life living in an urban environment and using my feet as my
primary mode of transport. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for
those who have relied on a car for so long to change their travel patterns.
Limerick Smarter Travel is working hard to make the transition towards smarter
travel that bit easier.
Limerick
Smarter Travel works with people in schools, campuses, workplaces and
communities to help them to change their travel habits, cut car use and
increase active travel. Just yesterday the Big Travel Action Challenge – Prize Fund’ was launched, the first of its kind in
Ireland. The challenge aims to reduce the amount of car journeys being made in
Limerick each day and will be rolled out across 10 urban communities across the
city with a
€15,000 prize fund up for grabs.
For
those of you that cycle, Limerick Smarter Travel is currently developing a
number of key routes across the city to aid comfort and safety for cyclists.
These routes are just part of a number of infrastructure projects taking place
under the Smarter Travel banner.
In
recent months secure bike lockers and bike stands have been installed in the
City Centre Car Park (Anne St. entrance) and Howley’s Quay Car Park (Henry
St entrance.) These facilities give cyclists the opportunity to lock their
bicycles inside a secure locker which only they have access to for the duration
of their time in the city centre.
In November of this
year Limerick will see the first park and picnic pods in Northern Europe built
in the city with the support of the Do the Right Mix Campaign. This pod or ‘parklet’ is designed to support the urban economy,
the cultural life of the city, as well as providing a number of very practical
functions that support urban mobility.
This Friday
night, as part of Culture Night, Limerick Smarter Travel will set up a park and
picnic area outside Mortells on Roches St and will be seeking suggestions or
ideas that will inform the final design brief for the Limerick pod.

Smarter
Travel is the future and the Limerick Smarter Travel initiative is worth
supporting. I encourage everybody to take some time out and log on to www.limericksmartertravel.com
where all of great work being done is available to view. 

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