The reliance on private cars as the main mode of transport is seriously damaging the health and quality of life of people in Galway. The aim now must be to develop a transport strategy where priority is given to pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport.
This is the view of Nuala O’Hara, chairperson of Galway City Community Forum. The forum met with the Minister of Transport Noel Dempsey during his recent visit to Galway to urge him to provide state funding for a sustainable transport infrastructure to help solve the city’s increasing traffic congestion.
The meeting was organised on the forum’s initiative as a response to the Government’s new Smarter Travel – A Sustainable Transport Future initiative, which promises to invest in walking, cycling, and public transport.
“The forum feels Galway would be an ideal candidate to be selected as a pilot project and demonstration city for the Government’s new initiative and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to present these ideas to Minister Dempsey,” said Ms O’Hara.