Active Outdoor in Carrick on Shannon
Carrick on Shannon Smarter Travel Project was officially opened on 23rd September during European Mobility Week. As part of this project Leitrim County Council provided approximately 9km of cycle lanes around and in the environs of Carrick on Shannon and an additional 4km of mixed use cycle areas in the town centre. In addition to this the walking route, Sli Slainte, has been upgraded.
There are four different cycle lane design options used throughout the cycle network. They include:
Mixed Street / Shared Road Use. This is where the cyclists share the roadway with the traffic. A reduced speed limit of 30 km/hr was introduced in these areas, in order to facilitate the Shared Road Use. This system is in place in the town centre.
Single Driving Lane with Advisory Cycle Lanes. This involves removing the centre lines and providing a wide two-way traffic lane with advisory cycle lanes on either side. Examples of these cycle lanes are can be found in Sunmmerhill, and MBNA / Community School road. Motorists are required to give way to cyclists, but motorists are allowed to drive in cycle lanes if it is safe to do so. These advisory cycle lanes are marked by a dashed white line.
Dedicated On Road Cycle Lanes. These are provided, where the current width of roadway allowed, such as the on the N4 Dublin approach. Motorists are not allowed to drive in these lanes, and these lanes are marked by a solid white line.
Off Road Cycling. Off road cycling is provided in single lane cycling alongside the N4 between the roundabouts, and a two way off road cycle lane is provided along the Castlecara road.
A number of bicycle parking shelters are also erected at strategic locations along the network, e.g. Tourist office, Fire station and in all the schools.
The Map above shows details of the cycling network including locations of the cycle shelters. These maps will be made available in Hotels and Guesthouses in the town and also at other appropriate locations.