Search on for cycle parking in Malahide
PROVIDING sufficient car parking spaces in the centre of Malahide is a topic that comes up among local councillors over and over again but this month they were discussing where to provide parking for bicycles.
Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) called on the council to ‘identify and provide Bicycle Parking Stands at suitable locations in the centre of Malahide Village and other peripheral locations the Malahide area.’
In response, the council issued a written report stating: ‘Fingal County Council is committed to the promotion of safe cycling in the County, which includes the installation of bike locking facilities.
‘Additional bike racks are currently being installed across the county on a phased basis.’
However, the report stated: ‘Identifying suitable locations in Malahide Village has proven problematical.’
Cllr Lavin acknowledged that identifying locations in the town centre might be difficult but he could think of a few places that could be investigated, with the permission of the landowners involved like at churches and the railway station. He also said that bicycle parking was promised along with the redevelopment of The Green in Malahide and could be delivered ahead of that overall project.
He mentioned James’ Terrace and around the Tennis Club as other possibilities.
Cllr Brian Mcdonagh (Lab) backed the motion and said that as the council bids to expand its network of cycleways and greenways, the logical extension of that is that parking will be needed in the towns at the end of those routes.
Cllr David Healy (GP) said the footpaths in Malahide are narrow but there was a lot of onstreet parking and one car parking space could cater for eight to ten bikes.
However, with car parking always a hot issue in Malahide, a number of his fellow councillors expressed reservations about turning on-street car parking over to bike stands.
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