As social distancing will remain in place for some time, extending the Coca Cola bike scheme is "vital", given that, as restrictions are lifted, people will need alternative means to "get around and get back to work".
This is the view of Fine Gael Galway City West councillor, Clodagh Higgins, who has callee own the CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham, to extend the bike scheme in Galway to Salthill and Knocknacarra. It has long been envisaged that the scheme will be extended to these parts of the city, but that has yet to happen.
"People will not be confident about traveling on public transport for some time," said Cllr Higgins, "so offering alternative means of transport is vital."
She said that Salthill and Knocknacarra’s proximity to the city centre, and their population levels, means it is likely the scheme "will be well utilised and will deliver health benefits and great value for investment", as well as "leave a lasting and positive legacy on our areas, well beyond this pandemic”.