Hundreds to take part in Salthill Community Cycle today

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Hundreds of people will take part in the ‘Big Red Community Cycle’ on Sunday morning to support the proposed Salthill Temporary Cycleway.

Over 250 people of all ages and abilities are expected, including members of a number of cycling groups in the city and beyond.

Participants will be wearing red to ‘show the love’ for better road safety in Galway.

The cycle will start at Claddagh Hall at Nimmo’s Pier to Grattan Road. It will then follow the coast along the R336 Prom to Seapoint, past Ladies Beach to Blackrock diving tower.

The route then returns along the Prom to end at the Aquarium at Salthill village.

Mayor Colette Connolly and Deputy Mayor Martina O’Connor will lead the cycle, while Catherine Connolly TD, Ciaran Cannon TD and Senator Pauline O’Reilly will also be participating.

Councillors Mike Crowe and Owen Hanley will also be in attendance.

Martina Callanan, deputy chair of Galway Cycling Campaign, said that families ‘know Galway’s coast road is treacherous’.

“They do not feel safe, so they do not cycle. The Salthill Cycleway is not for the minority that do cycle that road, the Salthill Cycleway is for those thousands that don’t,” she said.

“Feeling safe comes from protection, so at Community Cycles, you do see families cycling along the Prom because there is safety in numbers, plus the relief of a Garda escort. This Sunday’s event is set to be the biggest community cycling event in the city.”