Limerick City councillor ashamed over lack of school cycle lane 

Cllr Elisa O'Donovan

A LIMERICK City Councillor has said she feels “ashamed” after receiving a heartfelt letter from pupils in a city school, asking for help with getting a cycle lane to serve their school.

Social Democrats councillor Elisa O’Donovan, who lives on O’Connell Avenue, received the letter from third class pupils in the neighbouring Limerick School Project.

The youngsters told their councillor that they had conducted a survey outside the school, which revealed that just four cyclists passed in ten minutes, while 173 vehicles passed during that time.

The pupils wrote: “We are writing this letter because it has come to our attention that there are not any cycle lanes outside our school.”

The pupils went on to say that the survey revealed that just three children in their class cycle to school. “Our survey indicated that 11 would cycle if there were proper lanes around our school, At the moment, those pupils feel unsafe because it is dangerous.

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“We would like to see more cyclists travelling to our school and schools nearby. What will you do to help us solve this problem?”

The letter closed urging the councillor to help people cycle more safely and reduce carbon emissions.

Cllr O’Donovan said in her Tweet: “The letter makes me ashamed as a public rep for letting down our young people and their future.”