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Cycling Greenway for North Wicklow

The Blessington lakes were named one of Ireland’s top 10 cycling routes last year by Ireland’s active travel guide. Not at all surprising, with stunning views, a clean environment, and great visitor spots; Wicklow has so much more potential to capitalise on day trippers from the city.

Anyone who lives in Enniskerry knows come Saturday and Sunday, roads will be jammed with hundreds of cyclists from the City, exploring the wonderful sights North Wicklow has to offer. Locals will also be cognisant of the number of tail-backs and accidents that have occurred as a result of infrastructure not being suitable for everyone’s needs.

I believe the only way forward is to work with neighbouring Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to build a new greenway that can dramatically increase the number of cyclists coming to North Wicklow. This greenway will deliver much-needed visitors to our excellent cafes, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions, while also reducing the number of cyclists on the main transport arteries between towns. More importantly, it will put North Wicklow on the map as an accessible outdoor tourism adventure activity, unrivaled in neighbouring counties.

It’s a win-win for everyone. If elected I want to deliver seamless co-operation with local authorities that will deliver streamlined cross-boundary infrastructure projects. Collaboration is key to the future of our area.

Free Wi-Fi in public realms in small villages and town centers

Wicklow is a dynamic, exciting and beautiful place to live, with amazing outdoor leisure spots and quaint villages to spend the weekends drinking coffee and relaxing. Over the coming years Bray will have new public places like the new town centre development and new housing in Fassaroe that we’ll have to cater for, while also improving standards of living elsewhere.

Wicklow needs to take the next step digitally and be the first county in Ireland to offer free Wi-Fi in public realms in small villages and town centres. We need to encourage more people to go to public realms, we need small businesses with niche merchandise to trade online with relative ease. By having Wi-Fi in public realms, it’ll act as a draw for locals who don’t have reliable access to these services at home, further enhancing our community.

As a local I know all too well the difficulties of getting fast and reliable Wi-Fi, it’s out of sync with the modern world and the latest debacle with the National Broadband Plan highlights this. If Wicklow wants its small businesses to survive on the high street, they need to make the high street an experience. We have most of the ingredients for this, great sights, culinary experiences; we just need to take the next digital evolution to enhance this.

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