The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live our lives. As we move through the roadmap for re-opening society and business, Limerick City and County Council wants to explore how we can harness this crisis to bring about positive change in Limerick. Our 'Guiding Limerick Through Covid-19' proposes to re-allocate space, pedestrianise and animate certain city centre streets in order to boost footfall and aid our economic recovery.
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Measures from pedestrianisation to re-allocation of space to animating some streets are being trialled to get Limerick moving and people visiting.
Limerick City and County Council believes this opportunity will give Limerick City Centre and various towns the edge, by making them desirable, safe and fun places to live, work, shop and visit.
The Council is to embrace what will be, at least, the short-term new order with a range of Summer 2020 measures; by facilitating some road closures in our city centre, providing parklets or widening some of our footpaths and by programming bespoke activities unique to Limerick, we can engage all our communities.
The measures will be introduced along Catherine Street, Denmark Street, Upper Denmark Street, Robert Street, Howley’s Quay and Nicholas Street, among others.
We are introducing an advisory speed limit of 25km/h in the core city centre and we will facilitate safe segregated cycle routes in the city to encourage family and novice cyclists to come out and get some exercise.
All measures proposed will meet and adapt to the public health guidelines in place as we move through the different phases of easing the Covid-19 restrictions.
While initial plans are focusing on the city centre, Limerick City and County Council is looking at ways of drawing up similar plans for our county towns.
The National Transport Authority is also involved in the programme and has committed funding to the proposals.