GCC May Monthly Meeting Date: 14-05-2007
Venue: Room AC201, Concourse, NUI, Galway.
Apologies: Indie, Kristin
Oisin Ó Nidh,
Topics of Discussion
1st: Introductions made to new Members
2nd: Alan read the Meeting minutes for April 2007 seconded by Stan
3rd: Open discussion
Galway First letter (in response to Drunken Cyclists article) and Irish Independent letter from Michael O’ Shea (Irish Heart Foundation) read out.
Simon spoke with Michael O’ Shea in relation to his letter to the Times
Shane suggested people who wish to respond just use 2/3 points max in making points in response
1 Manifesto for “Cycling in Galway” (vision for future cycling
infrastructure of Galway)
Michael suggested that we create a “Manifesto for Cycling in Galway”.
A best case scenario for cycling in Galway. Discussion on creating a framework for this.
Main points to include in this manifesto:
1.1 Bicycle Parking. Dispersed Bicycle Parking around the City
1.2 Enforcement of Traffic Regulations (Speeding)
1.3 The Compulsory Use of Cycling Facilities
-> Shane will send out link for the “Manual for Streets” and UK based
Guidelines from Cycling England
1.4 One Way Streets – Should be 2 Way for Cyclists. (Reducing Speeds
is the first step for this)
1.5 Galway’s Roundabouts
1.6 Tax Relief for Bikes and related Cycling Infrastructure
1.7 Michael discussed a Galway Coastal Way – Continuation of Cycling
Way from South Park along the Prom. Shane outlined discussions we have had with the Harbor Board re Docks
redevelopment plans for a Cycling Way on the Eastern Side of the city
2 EU Road Safety Week 23rd -> 29th April
Simon outlined the successful promotion on Saturday the 28th on
Mainguard Street from 13h00 -17h00
Share the Road Leaflet for Motorists where handed out along with
“Cycling in Galway” Leaflets and
Share the Road Leaflet for Adult Cyclists.
Around 1000 leaflets in total handed out.
A Bike Parking Petition to have more bicycle stands installed in
Galway City was also setup.
Questions where asked should we endorse the”UN Road Safety Charter” as one of its recommendations was the
Compulsory Use of Cycling Helmets?
3 Bike Workshop
Application to NIB has been sent. Simon has had no response from them yet.
4 Dublin Road
The Dublin Road between Duggan’s and GMIT – the outbound carriageway is to be widened to 4.00m (Should be 4.25m or greater DTO Design Guidance)
Plans where available for Inspection in City Hall
This was acknowledged as a positive for Cyclists as this issue was
highlighted by us in the past. With construction of the Inbound Bus Lane this reduced the width of the Outbound Carriageway.
Currently the Outbound carriageway is 3.25m. This is probably the
first major retro works carried out just for cyclists by the Roads Department of Galway City Council.
5 Seamus Quirke/Bishop O’Donnell Road
Simon and Bart had a meeting with Billy Cameroon – outlined main
points in relation to our objections
to the proposed SQ Road.
Billy suggested we specify what’s wrong, how to fix it and create a
motion to bring before the council.
Nine Councilors votes needed to have the Seamus Quirke Road changed.
Bart has created a A4 document – outlying our main points.
Main Points against proposed Seamus Quirke/Bishop O’Donnell Road.
5.1 Off Road Cycle Lanes between Junctions
5.2 Cycle Lanes are created Inside Left Only Turning Traffic Lanes
5.3 Yield Signs at Bus Stops
5.4 Sharing of Cycling Paths with Pedestrian Paths at specific pinch
points along the Seamus Quirke/Bishop O’Donnell Road
5.5 Proposed Pedestrian Overpass opposite Church and Aldi junction
Simon stated that in conversation from Michael D. Higgins – that the
Local Communities groups wanted to have an Overpass??
Shane stated he had not heard this brought up within the Galway
5.6 Galway City Council Transport Committee Meeting
5.7 Actions to be taken. Simon will meet Mary Leahy the new
Chairwoman, before the next Galway City Council Transport Committee Meeting on May 28th
6.0 Zebra Crossing on Sandy Road at the Marriott Hotel Roundabout
Not a raised Crossing – however it will slow speeds on the roundabout
making it safer for Cyclists
Railings introduced on the roundabout are not welcomed however.
Reason for Pedestrian Crossing (Lights and Zebra) is due to local
6.1 Actions to be taken. Simon will issue positive Press Release re
7.0 :: See e-mail Meeting Minutes
8.0 Leaflet Holders
Simon will loan the GCC 6 leaflet holders to see how they would work
in distributing our leaflets 2 Holders have capacity for 4 different leaflets and 4 are for single batch leaflets.
Locations to place Leaflet Holders
8.2 NCT Center
8.4 TAX Office
8.5 County Council Buildings
8.6 City Council Buildings
If successful GCC will purchase from Simon.
9.0 Cycling Education
Michael discussed could we distribute Leaflets to local schools
Shane stated that current leaflets are not appropriate for children.
Alan outlined how we could with outside help bring in external Cycling Instructors to guide school children in cycling.
10 Newspaper Column
Michael brought up the possibility of having a Cycling Column in
a local paper
He will discuss issue with Ronnie O’ Gorman, Galway Advertiser.
11.0 PIZZA Night
Social Event for the Galway Cycling Campaign Members
Needed someone to setup a Pizza night? Good for publicity? Run after
11.1 Bicycle Ride – anyone willing to create a small bicycle tour for
weekends/long bright summer evenings?
Next meeting is the AGM meeting of the Galway Cycling
Campaign and will be held in
Room AC201, Concourse, NUI, Galway.