In Limerick City Centre there are a number of routes for cyclists to enjoy. Routes that loop around the City Centre, taking in many natural, historical and cultural sites. Please be advised these routes for cyclists are on road, meaning they are with vehicular traffic. If you choose to cycle in the City Centre you'll be cycling in traffic with cars, buses, vans and lorries. Well trafficed roads are not the place to take chances, therefore please take care and pay attention at all times.
We hope to have a number of number of 'themed' on road cycle routes mapped shortly. Currently we can recommend a cycle around the river detailed below and mapped, just click here.
The Riverside Loop
The loop is almost 4km long and generally flat, at quiet times of day it is an enjoyable cycle, which takes in a number of natural, recreational, cultural and historical sites. If you start at the Strand Hotel, follow the newly remodelled O'Callaghan Strand to Saint Michael's Rowing Club on the left, follow the road as it takes you right, past the Toffee Factory. At the roundabout take a left and left at the trafic lights which brings you onto the Shannon Bridge. Views either side of this raised bridge, down the Shannon Estuary, can be impressive especially in the evening at high tide. At this point follow the road left at the roundabout onto the newly remodelled City Quays. Here there is space to relax and sit outside, access is available to the river via the steps outside the Sin Bin. To continue the looped cycle follow the river, on your left, until you come to Arthur's Quay Park. Here, feel free to dismount and walk through the park in order to catch a glimpse of The Curraghour Falls, King John's Castle, Thomond Bridge and the Clare Hills. Once back on the road travel around the grey multi-storey building over to the Hunt Museum, once over the Matthew Bridge, take the left before the hill and visit Saint Mary's Cathedral from it's entrance off Merchant's Quay. Travel down Nicholas Street past King John's Castle on your left and over Thomond Bridge before looping back down the newly remodelled Clancy Strand. Here you will find the Treaty Stone, the Boardwalk, the Curraghour Bund, you can access the river, visit the Curraghour Bar before returning to the Strand Hotel.
Be Safe, Be Seen
The roads in the City Centre can be busy, they are used by all sorts of people and vehicles. Please be safe and be seen by wearing high-visibility clothing and asccessories. The Limerick Smarter Travel (LST) office has a range of FREE LST high-visibility clothing and accessories for walkers and cyclists, please feel free to call in to collect what you need for you, your friends and family. We work with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) of Ireland to help keep our communtiy safe on the roads, we do this by helping to promote their road safety messages. Remember you can order FREE RSA hi-visibility clothing, accessories and publications from rsa.ie/orders for you, your friends and family, your school, workplace, community groups and clubs.
Advanced Stop Lines
Sometimes called a bike box or a cycle reservoir, Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) are stop lines for cyclists at traffic signals, which are marked beyond the stop line for general traffic. They are designed to help cyclists pull away in front of traffic, and can be useful in that regard. Remember to use the ASL or Red Box at junctions around the City Centre, these Red Boxes are designed for cyclists waiting at traffic lights so you are seen by the traffic and have time you need to get your bicycle moving after the traffic lights turn green.
Reducing Speed, in the City Centre
We would like to know how you feel about reducing the speed limit in the City Centre, from 50km/h to 30km/h, as has been done in many City Centres around Europe. What do you think? We are always searching for ways to make our roads a safer place for all road users, therfore if you have any thoughts or suggestions please let us know.
Contact: Lise-Ann Sheahan
Telephone: 061 407455
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