Pathfinder projects will ‘improve health and protect environment’
THE Pathfinder Programme of 35 exemplar transport projects to be delivered by local authorities and agencies around the country within the next three years was launched in Castletymon Library last week.
The projects are those selected following Minister Eamon Ryan’s call to local authorities over the summer to submit their most innovative, transformative plans for public transport, walking and cycling in their areas – the projects that could make the greatest difference to people living in their counties.
The launch, by Minister Ryan took place in the Castletymon Library, which is one of the focal points on the proposed Dublin 24 Rapid Build Cycling Network, which will connect the community in South Tallaght with the Luas, Tallaght Town Centre, Tallaght Hospital, five schools and sports communities, running in part through Bancroft Park.
The new cycle path will also link onto the Dodder Greenway, with plans to support the local community to access bikes.
This scheme will include rapid delivery of a 11km cycle network in Tallaght/D24, and the development of Castletymon as a 10-min neighbourhood via walking and cycling infrastructure, with public realm improvements.
Both projects will also link with the Dodder Valley cycle scheme creating an overall enhanced walking and cycling network.
Green Party TD for Dublin South-West Francis Noel Duffy said: “This new cycle network in Dublin 24 and the development of the Dodder Valley greenway will provide the needed infrastructure to provide safe routes for cyclists, encourage more people and children to cycle and walk to school, their local clubs, to Tallaght Hospital and the Town Centre or to simply enjoy the Doddervalley Greenway.
“This new scheme will help us make the necessary changes in our lives to improve our health and protect the environment.
“I look forward to seeing more of these schemes across the whole constituency, so we see a complete shift towards active transport.”