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Limerick active travel unit will be established within Limerick City and County Council

New Limerick active travel unit to create 25 jobs

Up to 25 new jobs are to be created in Limerick as part of a new initiative to support walking and cycling.

A new Limerick active travel unit is to be established within Limerick City and County Council following the announcement of significant funding by the Department of Transport.

Active Travel is travelling with a purpose using your own energy.

Generally this means walking (including all users of footpaths) or cycling as part of a purposeful journey. Increasingly, non-motorised scooters are also being used for urban transport, especially by school children, and this would also be considered as active travel. So, walking as part of a commute to work, cycling to the shop or scooting to school are all considered active travel, whereas walking or cycling for purely leisure purposes is not. It is also often the case that active travel can be seamlessly built into everyday life as part of normal daily routines.

Brian Leddin TD has welcomed the funding of a new active travel unit in Limerick City and County Council and a Regional Design office for active travel to be based in Limerick.

“I’m pleased that Minister Eamon Ryan has committed to funding a multidisciplinary office in Limerick City and County Council to support the government’s ambitious programme to build better walking and cycling infrastructure. There will also be a Regional Design Office based in Limerick to provide technical expertise to local authorities in the Midwest Region to help them develop walking and cycling. Together these new offices will employ over 25 people in Limerick and will oversee the development of quality infrastructure throughout the city and county”, the Green Party TD noted.

“The new offices will be populated with professionals from a range of disciplines needed to make our roads and streets safer, healthier, and able to carry more people to where they want to go. To my mind this will bring four primary benefits to Limerick – it will make our streets more accessible to all, it will increase the health of our population by encouraging walking or cycling short journeys, it will increase economic competitiveness by helping to attract companies who want to locate in a modern city, and it will reduce both greenhouse gas emissions which harm the planet, and air pollution which harms our citizens”, the Limerick City TD concluded.

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