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Benny the Big Boot is back — Citywide active travel competition for schools

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After a very successful competition last year, Benny the Boot is back for 2015. And all city national schools are asked to get creative about how their pupils travel to and from school. An Taisce Green-Schools in partnership with Galway City Council re-launched the citywide active travel competition this week at Woodquay.

It’s festival time in Westport so let’s Get Out There

Get ready for a whole week of exciting activities in the great outdoors around Westport and join in to both free and ticketed events. The Westport Duathlon Weekend event marks the beginning of an extensive activity programme for the Westport Get Out There Festival, organised by Westport Town Council and Westport Leisure Park, and runs from Saturday June 8 to Saturday June 15.

Let motorists use bus lanes on Seamus Quirke Road, says McNelis

Traffic flow could be helped and commuter times reduced if motorists were allowed use the bus lanes on the Seamus Quirke Road at certain times.

Walking and cycling to school will improve concentration levels

We all grumble these days as we are filling our petrol tanks that fuel prices are rising to an all time high. When fuel prices go up, people often think twice about getting in their cars, especially for short trips. Cycling or walking to work or to run errands saves time and money, adds exercise into your daily routine, and helps reduce pollution. With the high cost of the school runs, more and more parents are thinking it is time to pump up those bike tires and buy that new pair of walking shoes to get their children to school. AA Ireland estimates that the average cost of running a small family car with an engine size of 1251-1500cc is now €11,817 annually, and back to school costs are estimated by parents at €487 for primary school children and €620 for those attending secondary school.

Smart Travel Castlebar offers advice on car pooling

With the increasing cost of fuel, many of us are wondering if there is any realistic alternative to using our cars all the time. Smart Travel Castlebar hopes to offer a few suggestions to car drivers over the next few weeks in preparation for EU mobility week, during which the group will be giving information on cycling, car pooling, and fuel efficient driving.

Drivers urged to use public transport

With parts of the country experiencing heavy snow fall and sub zero temperatures affecting all areas, the RSA, is urging drivers intending to travel home for Christmas to consider using public transport, driving in daylight and car pooling in order to get home safely.

Mum’s the word when it comes to giving lifts

Mums clock up the most mileage when it comes to their children’s academic and social lives, an AA Membership survey of more than 2,400 parents with children under the age of 12 has revealed.

Adoption of Sinn Fein car-pooling motion welcomed

Sinn Féin councillor Thérèse Ruane has welcomed the backing of Castlebar Town Council for her motion tabled at the November meeting, that any councillors must car pool or use public transport when travelling to conferences. The Deputy Mayor is also calling for a freeze on councillors attending conferences in 2011 and for the savings to be allocated to the amenities budget to benefit community groups in the town.

Culture of “mercs and percks” must be brought to an end - McFadden

Speaking this week in the Seanad, Fine Gael Longford/ Westmeath Senator, Nicky McFadden, said the only way for faith in politicians to be restored among the public is for the “mercs and perks” culture which has thrived under Fianna Fáil to be brought to an end and for politicians to lead by example in taking the hit.

Westport Walks Wednesdays to commence next week

All schools and businesses in Westport are collaborating to encourage everyone to travel to school and work in a sustainable manner. All commuters are requested to consider walking, cycling, car pooling, or taking the bus or train. This is a re-launch to encourage both schools and workplaces to get involved and it is intended to have weekly WWW days from now on. The first commences next Wednesday, February 10.

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