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NTA publishes first-ever survey of walking, wheeling & cycling in Waterford

Walking and cycling take 16,000 cars off Waterford roads every day, according to Walking and Cycling Index 52% of adults in Waterford walk or wheel at least five times a week, 16% cycle at least once a week.

The National Transport Authority has today published the findings of the first-ever survey of walking, wheeling and cycling in Waterford Metropolitan Area, which reveals that 52% of residents walk or wheel (meaning the use of a wheelchair or mobility scooter) at least five times a week, while 16% of residents cycle at least once a week.

The Walking and Cycling Index provides the largest-ever assessment of walking, wheeling and cycling in Ireland. Delivered in collaboration with Waterford City and County Council and Kilkenny County Council, the National Transport Authority and sustainable transport charity , the Index was expanded last year to include Waterford alongside Cork, Limerick/Shannon, Dublin and Galway Metropolitan Areas. 18 city regions in the UK also produce reports.

The Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index is based on an independent demographically representative survey of more than 1,100 residents from across Waterford Metropolitan Area aged 16 and above, not just those who walk, wheel or cycle. The Metropolitan Area is centred on the City of Waterford and its suburbs including Passage East, Slieverue, and Ferrybank in Kilkenny.

It reveals that 68% of residents are in favour of additional investment in walking and wheeling infrastructure while 63% of residents are in favour of additional investment in cycling infrastructure. This comes amid a growing demand for active travel with 53% expressing their desire to walk, wheel more in the future, and 31% expressing a desire to cycle more.

Key findings from the 2023 Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index:

  • 52% of adult residents walk 5 or more days a week, 64% use a car 5 or more days a week while 16% of adults cycle at least once a week.
  • 76% of residents support building cycle tracks physically separated from traffic and pedestrians even where that means less room for other traffic.
  • Every day those who walk and cycle takes nearly 16,000 cars off the road in the Waterford Metropolitan Area. If all of these cars were in a traffic jam it would tail back 78 kilometres equivalent to the distance from Waterford City to Rosslare.
  • Residents walking, wheeling and cycling create an annual economic benefit for individuals and the Waterford Metropolitan Area of €80.5 million.
  • Walking and cycling improve public health in the Waterford Metropolitan Area and saves the HSE €2.67 million equivalent to the cost of over 47,900 GP appointments.
  • Those walking and cycling instead of driving, save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 61,300 flights from Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
  • There is a €1.40 net economic benefit for each km cycled instead of driven and €0.94 net economic benefit for each km walked instead of driven.

Environmental Benefits
Every day nearly 16,000 return walking, wheeling and cycling trips are made daily in the Waterford Metropolitan Area by people that could have used a car. If these cars were all in a traffic jam it would tail back 78 kilometres equivalent to the distance from Waterford City to Rosslare.

The report also found that walking, wheeling and cycling save 4,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Waterford each year, which is equivalent to about 61,300 flights from Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

Health Benefits and Inclusivity
The benefits of walking, wheeling and cycling to the Waterford Metropolitan Area are outlined in the report, with the physical activity benefits of walking, wheeling and cycling preventing 186 long-term health conditions annually, valued at approx. €2.67 million equivalent to the cost of over 47,900 GP appointments.

The Index showed that residents’ travel choices and their perceptions of walking, wheeling, and cycling vary between different groups. It found that 53% of residents without a disability walk or wheel at least five days a week in Waterford, compared to 46% of residents with a disability. 5% of residents with a disability cycle at least once a week compared to 17% without. It also found that while 53% of women and 52% of men walk or wheel at least five days a week, there is a gender gap when it comes to cycling with 23% of men cycling at least once a week, compared with 9% of women.

What Residents Said Will Help Them Walk or Cycle More
When asked what would help them walk or wheel more, Waterford Metropolitan Area residents want better footpath surfaces including dropped kerbs at crossing points, more parks and green spaces close to home, and nicer places along streets to stop and rest.
When asked what would help them cycle more, residents wanted infrastructural improvements such as traffic-free paths through parks or greenways, signed cycle routes along quieter streets, and cycle tracks along roads physically separated from traffic and pedestrians.

There is evidence too that residents support the development of more protected cycle infrastructure within the Waterford Metropolitan Area, with 76% of residents supporting building more cycle tracks physically separated from traffic and pedestrians, even where that means less room for other traffic.

Creating a Better Place to Live
Waterford residents also recognise the importance of liveable neighbourhoods. 79% agree that increasing space for residents socialising, walking, wheeling and cycling on their local main street would improve their local area. 80% of residents support creating low-traffic neighbourhoods where groups of streets, bordered by main roads, have ‘through’ motor vehicle traffic greatly reduced. 86% support the creation of 20-minute neighbourhood – neighbourhoods where it is easy for people to meet most of their everyday needs in 20 minute return walk.

Economic Benefits of Active Travel
The report also found that walking, wheeling and cycling creates an annual economic benefit for individuals and the Waterford Metropolitan Area of €80.5m. This includes €1.40 of a net economic benefit for each km cycled instead of driven and €0.94 benefit of each km walked instead of driven. These costs were determined through an analysis of travel time, vehicle operating costs, health benefits, air quality and taxation.

Speaking on the Walking and Cycling Index, Cllr Joe Conway, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council said: “As Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, I am pleased to welcome the first Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index. This report, which covers both the County Waterford and County Kilkenny areas of the city, provides useful insights into the behaviours and opinions of residents towards walking and cycling. As a long-term resident, I have viewed at first hand and with satisfaction, the growth in active travel. The enclosed data underscores the strong level of support in Waterford for walking and cycling.

“This report indicates that there is broad public support for active travel investment in Waterford, with 68% of residents wanting to see more investment in walking infrastructure, and 63% wanting to see more investment in cycling infrastructure, to create a more sustainable, liveable city, where people and businesses can thrive. Waterford City and County Council, supported by the National Transport Authority, have done some great work in the past number of years with many more projects planned.

“The benefits and support for active travel in the Metropolitan area are clear from this report, and Waterford City and County Council will continue with efforts to make Waterford a healthy sustainable, and attractive place for all.”

Cllr. Michael Davis, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council said: “As Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, I welcome the Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index. The report gives us a great sense of what type of investment and infrastructure people in Ferrybank and South Kilkenny want and will benefit the forthcoming Ferrybank Mobility Management Plan. Projects like the South East Greenway connecting New Ross to the heart of the new North Quays will strengthen links between Kilkenny and Waterford in a sustainable and attractive manner.”

Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA said: “We’re delighted to roll out the largest survey into walking, wheeling and cycling in Ireland. Over the past few years, the NTA has been working with local authorities across the country, including Waterford, to deliver safe pedestrian and cycle infrastructure that encourages more people to engage in active travel.
“It’s clear from the latest Index that more people in Waterford want to cycle and walk each day. By encouraging people to make active travel a part of their daily journey, we can all play our part in creating a more sustainable future. The NTA will continue to accelerate our efforts to roll out walking and cycling infrastructure in Waterford and other cities across Ireland.”

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Moladh chun bóithre atá ag freastal ar fhorbairt ag Fáinne Na Farraige a fhógairt mar Bhóithre Poiblí

Tugtar fógra leis seo de bhun Alt 11 Fo-alt (1)(b)(iii) d’Acht na mBóithre 1993 go bhfuil sé beartaithe agComhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge na bóithre thíosluaite a chlárú mar Bhóithre Poiblí.

  • Bóithre a fhreastalaíonn ar fhorbairt ag Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn

Tá an líníocht a thaispeánann na bóithre atá le glacadh i gcúram ar fáil lena iniúchadh thíos, nó is féidir féachaint ar chóipeanna inár Ranna Seirbhísí do Chustaiméirí i gCé Dáibhéid, Dún Garbhán nó ar Shráid Nua Bailey ar feadh tréimhse míosa suas go dtí an 13 Nollaig, 2023 agus an lá sin san áireamh.

Léarscáil (Cliceáil le haghaidh leagan níos mó)

Is féidir aighneachtaí nó tuairimí maidir leis an togra chun na bóithre a chlárú mar Bhóithre Poiblí a dhéanamh i scríbhinn suas go dtí an 27ú Nollaig, 2023. Cuir ainm na forbartha i líne ábhair nahaighneachta, le do thoil.

Sa Post: Aideen Jacob, Oifigeach Riaracháin, Rannóg na mBóithre, Áras Menapia, An Meal, Port Láirge.
Trí Ríomhphost: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie

Cuir ‘Glacadh i gCúram – Fáinne na Farraige, An Rinn’ i líne an ábhair le do thoil.

Proposal to Declare Roads serving development at Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn to be Public Roads

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11 Subsection (1) (b) (iii) Roads Act 1993 that Waterford City and County Council propose to declare the roads mentioned below to be Public Roads.

  • Roads serving development at Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn

The drawing indicating the roads to be taken in charge are available for inspection below or copies can be viewed in our Customer Services Departments in
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan or Bailey’s New Street for a period of one month up to and including 13th December, 2023.

Map of Area Concerned (Click for larger)

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposal to declare the roads to be Public Roads may be made in writing up to 27th December, 2023. Please include the name of the development in the submission subject line.

By Post: Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
By Email: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie

Please put ‘Taking in Charge – Fáinne na Farraige, An Rinn’ in the subject line.

Waterford Viking Marathon 2023 Road Clousures

Please be advised the following public road to through traffic on Saturday 24th June & Sunday 25th June 2023 during the times specified below to facilitate the holding of the Waterford Viking Marathon 2023.

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Roads to be closed Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th June 

Saturday 1:00pm to Sunday 09:00pm
• Grattan Quay (L1000) From Bridge Street to Water’s Gate
• Suir Street (L15001)

Roads to be closed Sunday 26th

6.00am to 10.30am
• The Mall, Waterford (R680)
• Parnell Street (R680)
• John Street, Johnstown (R860) from its junction with Parnell Street (R680) to the Junction with Waterside (L90362)
• Waterside (L90362)
• Catherine Street (R708)

9.00am to 10.00am
• Bridge Street (R686)

9.30am to 11.00am
• The L44112 from its junction with the L4411 Old Kilmeaden Road. Local access will be maintained on this road.
• Butlerstown North L4041 (Local Access Only))

 10:00am to 2:00pm
• Lissahane (L4015) From Carrols Cross to Greenway Crossing
• Ardeenloun Crossing (L8019) From N25 Cork Road to
Greenway Crossing

9.00am to 2.00pm
• Whelans Bridge Road (L4411) Closed at junction of Ballyduff East
(L8029) and Lacka Road (L4036) to junction of Outer Ring Road (R710). Local Access Only.
• The Greenway from access point at Bilberry to Carroll’s Cross.

Outbound Lane Closures:

8.00am to 10.00am
Outbound Lane on the Quay from Tower Hotel to Rice Bridge:
• R680 Parade Quay
• R680 Custom House Quay
• R680 Coal Quay
• R680 Meagher’s Quay
• R680 Merchants Quay

8.00am to 10.00am

Outbound Lane on the Quay from Tower Hotel to Rice Bridge:
• R680 Parade Quay
• R680 Custom House Quay
• R680 Coal Quay
• R680 Meagher’s Quay
• R680 Merchants Quay

• Outbound Lanes from Rice Bridge (R680) in the direction of the N25

8.00am to 11.00am

Outbound Lanes from Sallypark to N25
Sallypark (R448) to Newrath Roundabout and from Newrath Roundabout
on the R861 to Roundabout No. 12 at Grannagh and onto N25

Outbound Lane Closures in County Kilkenny 

8.00am to 10.30am

The following roads in County Kilkenny will be subject to lane closures as follows:
A lane of the outbound carriageway of the R448 from Sallypark (at County Bounds) to Newrath Roundabout and a lane of the outbound carriageway of the R861 from Newrath Roundabout to Roundabout no.
12 at Grannagh and onto N25 westbound.

Traffic Disruption on the following roads

Please be aware there will be Traffic Disruption on the following roads
in Waterford City 8.30am to 10.30am
• R861
• Roundabout No 12 on M9/N24/N25 at Grannagh
• N25 at the Toll Plaza

Please be aware there will also be Traffic Disruption on the following
Roads in Waterford City (detours in place) 8.00am to 2.00 pm
• L4039 Bawnfune
• R680 Cork Road
• R710 Outer Ring Road
• L1509 Old Kilmeaden Road
• R686 Bridge Street

Please be aware there will be Traffic Disruption on the following roads
in County Kilkenny 8.30am to 10.30am
• R448/R861 Newrath Roundabout

Temporary Road Closure – L7082 Spa Road, Clonmel

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 Roads Act 1993, propose to close the following road to through traffic from 19th to 30th June, 2023 to facilitate the Installation of a new Watermain.

Road to be closed:

  • L7082 Spa Road, Clonmel

Diversion Route:

  • Via L3617 Old Spa Road and R678 Rathgormack Road

Draft municipal district of dungarvan/lismore. Control of parking bye-laws 2023

The Dungarvan/Lismore District of Waterford in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 131A of the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2014, Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act, 1994, as amended, and by Section 101 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, as amended, hereby gives notice that it has prepared Draft Municipal District of Dungarvan/Lismore Control of Parking Bye-Laws 2023 for the regulation and control of parking in respect of the area comprising the Dungarvan/Lismore District of Waterford.

The Draft Bye-Laws are available here:

Draft Municipal District of DungarvanLismore (Control of Parking) Bye-Laws 2023

and during normal office hours from Wednesday 22nd March 2023 to Thursday 20th April, 2023, at the Council’s Customer Services Departments in Civic Offices, Dungarvan and Bailey’s New Street, Waterford.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the Draft Control of Parking Bye-Laws 2023.  Submissions should be lodged with Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Waterford City & County Council, City Hall, Waterford, or by email to ajacob@waterfordcouncil.ie before 4.00pm on Thursday 4th May, 2023.

 

Estates Taken in Charge : Scrouty Road, Portlaw, Co. Waterford

PROPOSAL TO DECLARE ROADS SERVING DEVELOPMENT AT:
• Area in front of No 1, 2, 3 and Chapel, Scrouty Road, Portlaw, Co. Waterford
TO BE PUBLIC ROADS

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11 Subsection (1) (b) (iii) Roads Act 1993 that Waterford City and County Council propose to declare the above mentioned roads to be
Public Roads.

The drawing indicating the roads to be taken in charge are available for inspection below or copies can be viewed in our Customer Services Departments in Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan or Bailey’s New Street for a period of one month up to and including 5th April, 2023.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposal to declare the roads to be Public Roads may be made in writing up to 19th April, 2023. Please include the name of the
development in the submission subject line.

By Post: Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
By Email: ajacob@waterfordcouncil.ie
By Phone: 0818 10 20 20

Reminder – Roadworks on Rice Bridge/Greenway to City Centre Link

The following notice is being given to inform the public that the contractor for the Bilberry to Waterford City Centre Greenway Link project, working on behalf of Waterford City and County Council, John Cradock Limited, will be working outside of normal working hours as per the following:

Monday 06/03/23 – Thursday 16/03/23 (inclusive), commencing 9pm until 6am (Excluding Saturdays & Sundays)

This is to facilitate works to complete the removal of existing traffic islands, construction of new traffic islands and the installation of services at Rice Bridge Junction
and
Thursday 30/03/23 – Thursday 13/04/23 commencing 9pm until 6am (Excluding Saturdays & Sundays)

This is to facilitate works including the planing of the existing road surfacing, laying of new road surfacing, installation of new traffic loops and road markings and the commissioning of new traffic lights at Rice Bridge Junction.

Note: During this period night works may not be required between Tue 04/04/23 & Tue 11/04/23.

Advanced Notice – Roadworks on Rice Bridge/Greenway to City Centre Link

The following notice is being given to inform the public that the contractor for the Bilberry to Waterford City Centre Greenway Link project, working on behalf of Waterford City and County Council, John Cradock Limited, will be working outside of normal working hours as per the following:

Monday 06/03/23 – Thursday 16/03/23 (inclusive), commencing 9pm until 6am (Excluding Saturdays & Sundays)

This is to facilitate works to complete the removal of existing traffic islands, construction of new traffic islands and the installation of services at Rice Bridge Junction
and
Thursday 30/03/23 – Thursday 13/04/23 commencing 9pm until 6am (Excluding Saturdays & Sundays)

This is to facilitate works including the planing of the existing road surfacing, laying of new road surfacing, installation of new traffic loops and road markings and the commissioning of new traffic lights at Rice Bridge Junction.

Note: During this period night works may not be required between Tue 04/04/23 & Tue 11/04/23.

Advanced Notice – Roadworks on Rice Bridge/Greenway to City Centre Link

The following notice is being given to inform the public that the contractor for the Bilberry to Waterford City Centre Greenway Link project, working on behalf of Waterford City and County Council, John Cradock Limited, will be working outside of normal working hours as per the following:

Monday 06/03/23 – Thursday 16/03/23 (inclusive), commencing 9pm until 6am (Excluding Saturdays & Sundays)

This is to facilitate works to complete the removal of existing traffic islands, construction of new traffic islands and the installation of services at Rice Bridge Junction
and
Thursday 30/03/23 – Thursday 13/04/23 commencing 9pm until 6am (Excluding Saturdays & Sundays)

This is to facilitate works including the planing of the existing road surfacing, laying of new road surfacing, installation of new traffic loops and road markings and the commissioning of new traffic lights at Rice Bridge Junction.

Note: During this period night works may not be required between Tue 04/04/23 & Tue 11/04/23.