MINISTER Michael D’Arcy, Fine Gael TD for Wexford, has called for a cycling ‘greyway’ to be introduced along the old N11 road, linking up Wicklow and Wexford.
This could be achieved by reconfiguring the existing road to have a separate, safe designated section for cyclists. He has described such a greyway as a “for value concept”, proposing that the route commence in North Wicklow and move southwards through towns and villages such as Rathnew, Gorey, Camilla, Ferns and Enniscorthy.
“This greyway is a for value concept as it will utilise existing infrastructure, the old N11 road. I first thought of the concept whilst travelling along the route, and thinking that this stretch of road should be used to its full potential. This greyway will be over 80km long and provide cyclists with a safe cycling route.”
this stretch of road should be used to its full potential
Deputy D’Arcy said that such projects had been successful in other parts of the country, and he believed this would be a fantastic route for cyclists, connecting Wicklow and Wexford.”
“It is really important to attract cyclists to this part of the East and South East as we have so much to offer. Cyclists will be able to enjoy the fantastic scenery and attractions. Picnic stops dotted along the route would be a valuable addition to offer cyclists a safe place to stop. Pubs and restaurants located in towns and villages across the route would also benefit.”
Not only will it provide a tourism boost to the area, this cycling route will also promote health and well-being
“I will be speaking to both Wicklow and Wexford County Councils about making this cycling greyway a reality. I will also be writing out to all councillors in Wicklow and Wexford so that we can pool together ideas and get this project moving. Not only will it provide a tourism boost to the area, this cycling route will also promote health and well-being.”
“Whilst initially we should begin with connecting the towns and villages in Wicklow and Wexford, I would eventually envisage a series of routes being developed, providing Wexford and neighbouring counties with a cycling network.
“The vision would be to extend the route eventually, joining it to the Rosslare to Waterford City and New Ross to Waterford Greenways,” the Minister said.