Written answers

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Cycling Facilities Funding

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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439. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding streams available for cycle lanes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53878/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Responsibility for the provision of cycle lanes on public roads is a matter for the Local Authorities. 

However, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport provides funding for national and regional greenways and oversees the Government's strategy for the development of such greenways.  Greenways are not exclusively confined to cyclists, but are open to other users such as walkers and wheelchair users.

My Department has provided funding for shorter local greenways, as well as cycle tracks and other trails, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.  Cycleways have also been included as components of regeneration projects funded under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. 

These are competitive funds which have operated on the basis of regular calls for proposals over the last number of years.


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