The Scheme is located on the R526 Regional Road between Limerick and Patrickswell, County Limerick. This section of the R526 was formerly the N20 National Primary Road but was bypassed by the construction of the M20 Motorway.
Since being bypassed, the nature of traffic flow on the subject road has changed significantly and is now dominated by traffic movements between Patrickswell and its surrounding areas, and the southern side of Limerick City.
This change also included a significant increase in the number of commuter and recreational cyclists. Prior to the scheme’s construction, there were no dedicated facilities for cyclists between Patrickswell and the Raheen Roundabout. The objective of the scheme was to provide continuous safe cycle facilities on the R526 between the Raheen Roundabout and Patrickswell village.
In proposing the scheme Limerick County Council anticipated that it would be used by commuters and for recreational purposes. The scheme consisted of the construction of on-road cycle-tracks, off-road cycle-tracks, shared tracks and ancillary infrastructure including lighting, kerbing, road markings, traffic signs and accommodation works on a 4km length of the R526 between Limerick and Patrickswell.
For a map of the Limerick to Patrickswell Cycle Route click here.