Cycle friendly Portarlington

connecting cycle lanes are on the way for Portarlington, as part of a shift to environmentally friendly ways of transport.

connecting cycle lanes are on the way for Portarlington, as part of a shift to environmentally friendly ways of transport.

A strategy for the town has now been completed, paid for by the Dept of Transport, including joined up cycle lanes and walking routes.

The council hopes to get more money next year to start work.

“We are trying to make sure we have enough links for a joined up plan linking schools, shops and the swimming pool. We can apply for funding in 2014 but maybe this will be brought forward to 2013,” says senior council engineer Orla Barrett.

Laois County Council are applying to the dept on behalf of themselves and Offaly County Council, in a joint strategy.

“This is underpinned by the aim of effecting a fundamental shift to more environmentally friendly transportation modes in Portarlington, whereby walking, cycling and public transport become the first preference for commuter, school and leisure trips (less than 6km),” Ms Barrett says.

Cllr James Deegan welcomed the project, which he says is dovetailing with Laois Sports Partnership’s 2016 plan.

“This is good news but I am sorry it is not universal, but the three towns is a good start. The priority towns get EU funding (Mullingar, Athlone and Tullamore) but Laois loses out,” he said.