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Limerick Council told to move Childers Road cycle path

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Advertisement Print Facebook WhatsApp Betty Sheehan, Willie O’Dea TD, Dermot Sheehan and John McGrath near the Parkway roundabout.FIANNA Fail TD Willie O’Dea has called on Limerick City and County Council to switch the cycle path and footpath on the Childer’s Road near the Parkway shopping centre before a serious injury or death occurs.He was speaking following a near miss last week when a grandmother and her grandchild were nearly hit by a cyclist.“This recent incident is just the latest near miss on this stretch of cycle path near the Parkway roundabout. Last year a woman was struck and was injured by a cyclist in the same area,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A cycle path and a footpath run alongside the Childer’s Road between the Parkway and Tipperary Road roundabouts. The footpath is nearest the road and the cycle path is on the inside, running alongside Norwood Park. Therefore, if a pedestrian is emerging from Norwood Park, they are walking right into the path of oncoming cyclists some of whom would be travelling at 40 kilometres per hour or more. It is obviously particularly dangerous for anybody pushing a pram or buggy.”Deputy O’Dea was contacted by a grandmother who was emerging with her grandchild from Norwood Park last week and were inches away from being struck by a cyclist travelling at speed. “I have since been in touch with Council officials about the cycle path and they have confirmed what everybody can see, that the cycle path was installed in the wrong place. Initially a developer constructed part of the cycle and footpath in error in the wrong order and the Council extended it over the years.“I am appealing to the Council to urgently rectify the situation by switching the two lanes before anybody gets badly injured or even killed. I don’t believe there would be significant costs involved in this, as most of the work involves just changing the markings on the footpath and cycle paths.”Betty Sheehan of Norwood Park Residents Association also raised her concerns about the cycle path to the Limerick Post.“I don’t know who decided this was a good idea, but it is just not safe. There has been a lot of near misses in recent times. We are especially concerned for young children, mothers with buggies and elderly people, walking with the aid of a stick, who use this stretch. It is an accident waiting to happen,” Miss Sheehan insists.There was no response from Limerick City and County Council at the time of going to print.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img TAGSChilders RoadFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNorwood ParkNorwood Park Residents AssociationParkway Shopping CentreWillie O’Dea TD Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick Golf NotesNext articleSeven teams of young Limerick coders advance to National Coding finals Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council told to move Childers Road cycle pathBy Alan Jacques – April 20, 2018 1633 Emaillast_img read more