Search on for cy­cle park­ing in Malahide

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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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