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08 Dec 2021

Laois village needs further track for cycling school children

Laois village needs further track for cycling school children

Roundabout that serves village school

An additional cycle track is needed in Ballylinan to add to the new cycle track at the local school.

Cllr Aisling Moran, Fine Gael, made the appeal to Laois County Council in a motion tabled at the recent Portarlington Graiguecullen Municipal District meeting.

Her motion called on the local authority to examine safety measures in Ballylinan to make it safe for children to walk and cycle to school in mornings and evenings.

Philip McVeigh, Senior Executive Engineer, outlined actions taken in his reply.

“Laois County Council has recently installed a new cycle track from the roundabout on the Rahin Road to the roundabout at the national school.  Additional signage for the cycle track and parking restrictions during school drop off /collection times will be installed (along with some additional bollards) in the coming weeks,” he said.

Cllr Moran welcomed the completed work but called for a further stretch of cycle track from the church at the turnoff for the Rahin Road. She said children are cycling along a footpath.

She also suggested a 3D pedestrian crossing in the vicinity.

She added that a developer who is hoping to build houses may construct a road that would allow the children to cycle directly to school.

Cllr Moran was supported by Cllr Ben Brennan, Cllr Aidan Mullins and Cllr Padraig Fleming. 

Cllr Brennan, Independent, said another pedestrian crossing is needed quickly especially at evening times.

Cllr Mullins, Sinn Féin, said the three councillors had visited the site and discussed the issue with the principal.

“There are 250 children in that school and a lot are cycling and walking. The principal says there is a problem that needs to be addressed,” he said.

He agreed that work is needed.

Cllr Fleming welcomed the work done but said more work was required.

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