Some Other Cycling Sites:
Cyclist.ie, comprising Ireland’s cycling lobby groups
Cork Cycling Campaign
Dublin Cycling Campiagn
Limerick Cycling Campaign
Maynooth Cycling Campaign
Skerries Cycling Initiative
Waterford Walk Cycle Initiative
Vulnerable Road Users in Galway*
% Equiv. of 1996 population
|Total population of the city
|Children Age 0-14
|Children in Secondary School
Third Level Students
- GMIT 3,839
- NUI, Galway 8,450
|Persons over 65
*Data from 1996 Census and Atlas of
Galway, secondary school figures are for 1998, third level for 1999/2000
Travel by vulnerable modes in Galway
The 1996 census lists following proportions
for trips to school, college and work by the vulnerable modes in
Galway city (foot, cycle and motor cycle)
- Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to School
- Children Aged 5-12: 37.4
- Students Aged 13-18: 47.7
- Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to College
- Students Aged 19 and over:
- Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to Work
- Persons at work aged 15 and over: 30.0 %
Parking in Galway
There are at least 10 “no bicycles” signs in Eyre Square, there
is one municipal bike rack. It has eleven spaces
and is of a “wheel gripper” design that can damage bicycles
and leaves them vulnerable to theft or vandalism. In a
1998 submission the GCC requested it’s removal, in 2001 it’s
- Recently the Corporation installed a different, but still unapproved, rack design in
the Maingurd St, Spanish Arch areas, these allow the frame to
be locked but do not properly support upright bicycles which fall
over. The design has also been identified as a trip hazard to
- There are 1,000 “on street” and 3,000 “off street” car parking
spaces in Galway city.
Galway’s Roads Network
- Galway Corporation has imposed road and junction types with
a design speed of 60 mph or higher at locations where the stated
speed limit is 30 mph and where there is mixed traffic of all
There are currently 13 multilane roundabouts in the City, the
accident rate for cyclists on these roundabouts is 14 to 16
times that of motorists. The accident rate for motorcyclists
is only slightly lower than that of cyclists. A national
study on Irish roundabouts from 1987 raises serious reservations
about using them where high numbers of two wheelers are expected.
A Foras Forbatha report in 1979 raised the issue of the
safety of cyclists in Galway and the roundabouts that were then
proposed for the city. Galway corporation was fully aware
of these issues when they built a further five roundabouts on
the new Western Distributor road. More roundabouts are
planned for the Seamus Quirke rd.
- Even within predominantly residential areas Galway Corporation
has a policy of actually specifying the use of road junction designs
that unnecessarily endanger and inconvenience pedestrians and
- It is corporation policy to impose “cycleways” of a design
that results in a baseline 50% increase in the rate of car/bicycle
collisions. (Rising to a tenfold (x10) increase in some circumstances).
Galway Cycling Campaign
c/o Galway One World Centre, Bridge Mills, Galway, Ireland.
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Formed after a large public meeting in 1998, the Galway Cycling Campaign is in essence a group that exists to forward the interests of ordinary everyday adult bicycle users, we have the following core aims.
* Safer conditions for cycling
* Planning that gives equal priority to all road users
* Improvement of existing facilities
* Secure parking for bikes
* Recognition of the rights and responsibilities of all road users by all road users
When people think of cycling safety such things as cycle lanes and cycle tracks automatically spring to mind, the thinking behind such segregated facilities is often based on the premise that the roads cannot be made to work for all road users.
Unfortunately cycling safety is a complex issue governed by many different factors. Total segregation is often impossible to achieve and partial segregation can make matters worse, unless you also try to make the roads work for all road users, clearly a circular argument. For this reason many cycling activists now prefer to focus primarily on other issues such as speed limits and speeding by motorists, road designs (especially junction layouts,), traffic calming and so on. Increasingly there is the issue of whether motorists should have a more clearly defined duty of care towards more vulnerable road users.
Another issue which is becoming more prominent concerns the fact that it continues to be legally permissable to import, to purchase, and to use, cars that are designed to break Irish law. Since our formation the GCC has made it our business to gather as much information as possible on what currently constitutes best practice in transportation planning and in “Road Safety”. This information is then used to draw up position documents on a range of issues, which are then submitted to relevant local and national authorities. We are constantly monitoring the situation for cyclists in Galway City and reviewing the implications for cyclists of all new developments.
In order to do this work effectively we need to have “eyes and ears” everywhere. Thus, we are always on the look out for new members and volunteers.
If you are interested in getting involved then contact us via the GCC, c/o The Galway One World Centre, Bridge Mills, Galway.