‘Time to extend bike rental scheme to city’

Bicycle Rental Scheme

Bicycle Rental Scheme

Waterford has been waiting far too long for its own bike rental scheme, according to Independent City & County Councillor Cha O’Neill.

Cllr O’Neill was reacting to the news that Coke Zero has come on board to sponsor the bikes in Cork, Limerick and Galway but Waterford has been unable to get the backing of a sponsor for the scheme.

He was speaking at the January meeting of the Metropolitan District, during a discussion on roads.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Lola O’Sullivan praised recent coastal improvement works, adding that Tramore’s Back Strand and Prom “looks great”. She queried the possibility of looking at disabled access at Newtown Cove and the Guillamene.

Cllr Breda Brennan asked that the Council contact the National Transport Authority to query concerns that the St John’s Park bus route was under threat.

“This route services a huge residential area, not to mention a special needs school and is hugely important to the community,” she said.

Cllr Pat Fitzgerald raised a stretch of road between Faithlegg Church and the local school which is ‘full of potholes’.

Cllr Fitzgerald said people were speeding on the road, to the extent that many local people were afraid to drive on it at night. Senior Engineer Pat McCarthy said the road could be considered under the road works programme, with the possibility of some ‘patchwork’ being done.

Cllr Adam Wyse asked the Council to investigate the possibility of putting a new pedestrian crossing outside the Odeon Cinema.

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