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The Malahide Community Forum has identified Seabury to Pope John Paul II primary school as one of our four priority routes for Schoolchildren to have safe access to School. We did this as we feel that Barrack Bridge is a pinch point on the way to School for walking due to the footpath’s width, and we think it is unsafe for cycling. Our views were backed up by a survey of 500 residents, where 78% (& 90% of parents of school children) also believed it as dangerous. Please find below the following:
1 – Email sent to FCC
2 – Link to the 2007 Environmental Survey
3- A pamphlet created to get feedback from local residents
4- Feedback from Inbhir Ide Drive & Close
Enabling residents to safely walk or cycle to local amenities
We’re fortunate to live or work in Malahide – it’s a wonderful place. We want to make it even better, by enabling residents to safely walk or cycle to local amenities, including schools, clubs and shops.
To progress this, we set up an Active Travel Sub Committee in 2020 to examine how Government Policy on Active Travel* can best be applied for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in Malahide. Active Travel is defined in the Government Active Travel Policy as travelling with purpose using your own energy to get to work, shop or school. Generally, this means travelling by foot or bike.
Photo Anna Groniecka Photography.
We identified 4 priority routes that we want the council to provide/improve in order to enable kids to safely bike or walk to school:
- Seapark Hill to Seamount Road (footpath) –
Critical part of safe route to Malahide Community School (MCS)
- Caves Marsh Boardwalk – Safe route from Seabury to Pope John Paul II (walk / bike route)
- New bridge over the railway into the back of Malahide Community School – safe route connecting to Malahide Demesne via Ashwood Hall. (walk / bike route)
- Swords Road (R106) – Waterside to Malahide Castle (to allow for children from Waterside to get to PJP2 safely & for people from Malahide to get to the Educate Together High School safely) (walk / bike route)
While progress to date has been slow (detailed in our monthly notes), we expect this to accelerate rapidly over the next few years, based on Active Travel initiatives announced last year (2020) and especially those announced on 11th Feb this this year (2021):
Active Travel announcements – 2021
- Feb 11th 2021 – FCC allocated €14,870,000 as part of NTA allocation of €240,057,943 in Sustainable Transport Measures Grants: 2021 Allocations Funding directly relevant Active Travel in the Malahide area include:
- Malahide (Main St) to Swords (Brackenstown Rd) €100,000 (via R106 – Swords Road)(Appointment of consultants to look at scheme from malahide village / greenway to Swords by McAllisters)
- Sutton to Malahide cycle route: €310,000
Active Travel announcements – 2020
- May 2020 – FCC commence preparations for the construction of the €12m Broadmeadow Greenway which will link Malahide and Donabate.
- June 2020: Draft Programme for Government allocates EUR365 million per year funding for improved walking and cycling infrastructure
- July 2020: Government Active Travel Policy published
- Sep 2020: FCC obtain funding for Swords to Seabury cycle route along estuary
- Oct 2020: €360m for walking, cycling projects under Budget 2021
- Oct 2020 – FCC established new “Climate Change, Environment and Active Travel Department”
- Nov 2020: Government announces support for roll-out of a new Safe Routes to School Initiative.
What do we expect in 2021:
- FCC to hold a public consultation on Sutton To Malahide cycle route (March 2021)
- FCC to progress the Swords to Seabury cycle route along the inner Broadmeadow estuary (EUR1,000,000 was allocated in Sep 2020)
- NTA will provide FCC with updated cycle network plan for Fingal
- We hope to have a deputation meeting with FCC to discuss our proposals (deferred since May 2020 due pandemic)
- We will inform residents of and seek their input to proposed Active Travel routes
What are we asking for?
We believe that cycle routes should concentrate on providing safe routes to schools, clubs, shops parks and other community facilities, physically separated from motor vehicles whenever possible. We believe that priority should be given to pedestrians with adequate pavement space and crossing facilities. We believe pedestrians need proper pavement space and sufficient crossing facilities, separate to other road users including bicycles with prioritisation where there is conflict with other road users.
What does safe walking and cycling infrastructure look like:
- Segregated / protected from motor traffic where possible
- Segregated pedestrian and cycle infrastructure where possible
- Minimum width / Desired width of footpaths and cycle paths
- Pedestrian priority on “Share with care paths” – e.g. as currently in Malahide Castle
|*Active Travel is travelling with purpose using your own energy to get to work , shop or school. *https://www.gov. ie/en/campaigns/d96bd-active-travel|
|Link to Malahide Community Forum Active Travel https://malahidecommunityforum.ie/2021/01/13/would-you-like-your-kids-to-be-able-to-cycle-safely-to-school/|
Welcome to the Malahide Beach walk, which is the ninth in our series of looped walks. See all Malahide Looped Walks.
This 4k walk provides wonderful views of Lambay island which change every day with the light and the weather.
The walk starts at the Village Green in Malahide village centre, beautifully revamped in 2020. It immediately heads east along the coast walk behind the tennis club towards Malahide Beach.
Walk past the tennis club along the coast path. Join the beach at the slipway opposite the entrance to the Old Golf Links. Continue East along the beach for about 300 metres to the ramp that leads from the grassy park to the beach. Walk around the small headland of dunes, remaining on dry sand (above the water line). Then relax and enjoy your stroll on the main part of the beach for approx 600 metres.
Return towards the village along the beach beneath the coastal pathway. The route shown on the map joins the green space near the public toilets and leads you back towards the village along a grassy pathway. The ground underneath is sandy, like a links golf course and seldom gets waterlogged (perfect in winter time when other grassy pathways are flooded).
Leave the grassy paths back at the slipway opposite The Old Golflinks, rejoining the Coastal path. Keep left at the triangular flower bed and walk past the tennis club on your right. Return to the Village Green via New Street.
Please exercise care at all times near water. Check the weather and choose one of our other walks if conditions are not ideal.
This walk is not wheelchair accessible as part of it is on the beach.
Length: 4 km
Surface: Mix of paved paths, beach and grassy paths (good drainage after rain)
Footwear: Walking shoes / runners that you’re happy to use on a beach
We all know that staying active, while maintaining social distance, is critical to our physical and mental health, especially during this challenging time.
To complement our series of Malahide Looped Walks, we’re publishing this series of “Malahide Family Friendly Bike Rides” mapped by our Active Travel sub-committee. By “Family Friendly”, we mean physically separated from traffic. These routes are suitable for all ages from 3 to 103 (Though route 3. Robswall park is a bit hilly).
Please remember – Paths within our parks and green spaces are “share with care”. When passing pedestrians from behind, let’s slow down, tinkle our bells from about 20 metres – smile and say hello..
1. Malahide Castle Perimeter – 4km loop – Mix of paved and crushed ash path
2. Estuary Park Seabury and Broadmeadow Estuary Path – 5km Mix of paved and sand path
3. Robswall Park loop (with “quiet streets” link to Malahide Castle) – 2.5km loop – paved
About the Active Travel sub-committee of Malahide Community Forum:
The Active Travel Sub Committee was set up in 2020 with a goal of improving walking & cycling facilities in Malahide, with a particular focus on the provision of “Safe Routes to Schools”. By improving the infrastructure to make it safe, residents of Malahide will be able to travel to local schools, parks, clubs and shops in a safe & healthy way, incorporating exercise into their daily routine. Click here for more details.
Among the ideas we’re exploring (for post pandemic implementation) is bringing “Cycling Without Age” to Malahide Castle. This wonderful initiative is already in place in St. Annes Park Raheny (See: https://www.loveclontarf.ie/news/cycling-without-age-clontarf-/ ).
If you have an interest in improving active travel in your street / area in Malahide, get in touch with the community forum at the email below.
Please remember – Paths within our parks and green spaces are “share with care”. When passing pedestrians from behind, let’s slow down, tinkle our bells from about 20 metres – smile and say hello.
Robswall Park (aka Paddy’s Hill) was opened to the public in 2007. The park connects the communities of Portmarnock and Malahide. Paddy’s Hill is the highest point in the park, with great views of Howth, Ireland’s eye and Lambay Island.
The Robswall Park bike ride is approx 2.5km long. In the map, we show it starting at the access point to Robswall Park from Jameson Orchard, which was opened in October 2019. This new path provides a crucial “active travel” route enabling schoolchildren from Robswall to more safely walk or bike to Malahide Community School, avoiding having to take the far longer route along the coast road and through the village.
You may enter Robswall park at any of 5 access points shown on the map, from Robswall estate (2 gates); Robswall playgound; Portmarnock (Limetree Avenue) or the Coast Road. Click into the map to see more details (to zoom in, see photos etc.).
Be aware – some of the paths in Robswall Park are hilly (they do lead to “Paddy’s Hill”) and can be challenging for young children, or for people using bikes without gears. Given the hilliness, please ensure that brakes are working well, that children know how to use their brakes, and do use them. Please cycle slowly and respect pedestrians’ right of way.
The hills are worth the effort, as the views are fabulous, changing each day with the weather and the light.
1. You can bike from Robswall Park to Malahide Castle along “quiet streets (30kph zone)” of Jameson Orchard and Seamount Road – we’ve shown this as the amber line on the map. Be careful crossing The Hill and The Back Road which are busy with 50kph limits.
2. Robswall Park also provides a crucial “active travel” link between Malahide and Portmarnock. We’ve shown one of these routes in pink on the map – from Jameson Orchard to the Limetree Avenue gate in Portmarnock.
Route Details: Robswall Park Loop
Length: 2.5 km
Surface: Paved paths
Difficulty: Challenging for young children (hilly)
Segregation: Fully off-road
Route Details: Link from Malahide to Portmarnock (Jameson Orchard to Limetree Avenue)
Length: 900 metres
Surface: Paved paths
Difficulty: Challenging for young children (hilly)
Segregation: Fully off-road
The Active Travel Sub Committee of the Malahide Community Forum was set up in 2020 with a goal of improving walking & cycling facilities in Malahide, with a particular focus on the provision of “Safe Routes to Schools”. By improving the infrastructure to make it safe, residents of Malahide will be able to travel to local schools, parks, clubs and shops in a safe & healthy way.
The current walking and cycling infrastructure in the Malahide area is poor, which has led to many school children being driven to school, which in turn has led to gridlock at school drop-off and collection time.
We believe that this should change as:
- There is a substantial latent demand to cycle to school (In a recent NTA survey of 10,000 Irish school children, only 507 cycled to school regularly, while if it were safe, 7,143 would cycle to school – see bar chart below)
- Evidence shows that when routes are made safe, people cycle & walk
- A reduction in car use is good for people, society & the planet
- There is a €1 net benefit for individuals and society for each kilometre cycled rather than driven (€170m per annum)
- 20% of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transport – cycling saved 28,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions which is the equivalent of 400,000 people flying from Dublin to London
Making cycling & walking safer for kids to get to school will increase these benefits
While 24% of adults cycle once a week, a further 21% would cycle if facilities improved
Fingal County Council has set up a new Environment, Climate Action & Action Travel Department. We believe that by advocating for better facilities for Malahide & using our local knowledge we can improve the quality of life for our community.
Over the coming months we will be seeking the support of the community in our aim of achieving safe routes to school and if you have a particular interest in this area, why not get in touch with the community forum at the email below.