Monaghan County Council is participating in the Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport’s (DTTAS) Smarter Travel Programme.
Smarter Travel aims to achieve a ‘modal shift’ away from certain modes of transport to other, more sustainable modes. In Monaghan, this mainly involves getting people out of private motor vehicles and making more journeys by bike, foot or bus. You can find out more about the national Smarter Travel strategy on their website, www.smartertravel.ie
Monaghan County Council has its own webpage for our Smarter Travel initiatives: www.gomonaghan.ie
What’s Happening In Monaghan Right Now:
Projects undertaken so far in Co. Monaghan include:
National Cycle Network
Monaghan Town Council and Monaghan County Council have worked together to secure €471,000 from the DTTAS to develop a 2-3 metre wide foot/ cycle path along the tow path of the disused Ulster Canal. Phase I involves a 4.5km section through Monaghan town, from the new Education Campus on the Armagh Road, to Rossmore Park on the Clones side of the town.
The aim is to eventually develop the path the whole way to Clones, to link up with the re-opened section of the canal between Belturbet and Clones, which is currently in development by Waterways Ireland.
The Dept hopes to create a network of off-road trails throughout Ireland, following the model of the Great Western Greenway in Co. Mayo, which brought the disused railway line between Westport and Achill back into use as a dedicated walk/ cycle path. Visit www.greenway.ie for more information on the Mayo project
Active Travel Towns
The towns of Monaghan and Castleblayney availed of DTTAS funding to devise Walking & Cycling Strategies for their towns. This is the first step in becoming an ‘Active Travel Town.’ Over the coming years, the two towns will work with local schools, businesses and communities to put in place programmes and supports to encourage people to use their feet or bike for short journeys around the town, and will back this up with the necessary infrastructure to ensure it is safe to do so.
We hope in 2013 that some of the other towns around the county will follow Monaghan and ‘Blayney’s lead.
You can view the Monaghan Town walking & cycling strategy here:
You can view the Castleblayney walking & cycling strategy here:
Jobs Initiative Smarter Travel Scheme
– we availed of DTTAS funding to provide bike racks at every community centre and racks and/ or shelters in every town and village.
– we also removed a number of dangerous roadside obstacles that the Gardai had identified would increase the severity of any injury should a person go off the road at those spots. This was flagged through the Joint Policing Committee process, and is an example of what can be achieved through organisations working together
– we provided a bus stop and set-down area in Carrickmacross, just off the by-pass
The co-ordinating officer for the above projects in Monaghan County Council is Carol Lambe, of the Office of Community & Enterprise. She can be reached on 047 30500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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