OVER 1,000 groups and individuals have written to the local authority about controversial plans for a cycle lane on South Circular Road.
The council’s active travel team wants to introduce a separate cycle route between South Circular Road, Henry Street and the centre.
The proposals have sharply divided residents, many of whom are appalled at the prospect of losing the parking space in front of their homes.
A public meeting at Mary Immaculate College drew more than 200 people, including local TDs Brian Leddin and Willie O’Dea, Senator Maria Byrne and a number of city councillors.
As the plans are led by Limerick City and County Council and take place on public land, it is up to members of the Metropolitan District to decide whether they go ahead, with a vote expected next February .
Fine Gael councilor Dan McSweeney, one of those present at the meeting at Mary Immaculate College, believes there were gaps in the public consultation process.
“More engagement should have taken place on the ground, and that is something the local authority now needs to renew and learn,” he said. are listened to.
“We cannot impose a diet that will have a detrimental impact on their daily lives,” he added.
When the plans are put to councilors for a vote, they will have three options – reject the plan outright, modify the plan or accept it as presented by the executive.
Proponents of the new cycleway say it will reduce noise and pollution on South Circular Road, prevent it from being a rat-run and reduce the risk of accidents.
But it’s the elimination of parking spaces in Henry Street and South Circular Road, and many of the lanes that feed into them, that has raised concerns among business people, while fears for vehicle access emergency and the safety of elderly people forced to leave their cars far from their homes spoke.