12 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

SHELTERS are to be erected for cyclists in every town and village in Co. Monaghan.
Monaghan county council has announced it has secured funding to provide the bike shelters under the Department of Environment’s “Smarter Travel Initiative.
 The Council is now appealing for guidance from the public, including community groups, to determine the most suitable locations for the covered cycle-parking bays.
“The overall objective is to get more people doing their everyday business using bikes, instead of cars,” said Monaghan County Council spokeswoman Carol Lambe yesterday.
 She said the County Council was successful in securing funding from the Dept of Transport to erect the bike shelters and racks in every town and village in the county. The initiative is part of the Dept’s Smarter Travel programme, which encourages people to use alternative modes of transport to the motor car. The cycle parking bays will be provided in strategic locations which enable people to do more of their everyday business by bike.
 She said there will be new cycle shelters located at bus stops, to facilitate people wishing to travel by public transport; a cycle stand will be provided at 25 community centres around the county; covered shelters will be provided in public spaces in each of the county’s five towns; and 100 wall-mounted racks will be provided to retail establishments who wish to facilitate shoppers on cycles.
 The works are to be carried out in the autumn by contract, and tender documents are currently being prepared for the supply of the shelters and racks.
 Monaghan County Council are in the process of identifying the locations for each bike shelter and rack. Members of the public, community groups and shop owners are encouraged to contact the Council to make their requirements known. The project is being co-ordinated by Carol Lambe of the Office of Community & Enterprise, who was responsible for the highly successful Bike Week last June. Carol can be reached on 074 73725 or

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