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On your bike for Kerry County Council’s cycle to work challenge

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Kerry County Council Cycle to Work Challenge.

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL and the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership have put out a call to all workplaces in Kerry to participate in the 2016 ‘Cycle to Work Challenge’ which aims to get people onto their bikes and cycling to work more often.

Employees of Kerry County Council and a number of well known companies and public bodies around the county will be pedalling their way to work during National Week which runs from 11 to 19 June. The initiative by Kerry County Council will see several businesses encouraging their employees to take part in the challenge.

So far this year, a number of businesses and organisations have signed up including Killorglin-based Astellas, the Health Service Executive, the Institute of Technology Tralee and Kerry County Council. It is hoped to expand the number of participating workplaces this year and in the years ahead.

Córa Carrigg of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said: “Taking part in the challenge couldn’t be simpler and is a great opportunity to commence or continue a personal health behavioural change. We are asking companies to encourage their employees to cycle to work, even just for one or two days during National Bike Week from June 11 to 19. Even if it’s only parking up somewhere en route and cycling the rest of the way, that’s a start.

“We are asking participants to use the Strava App for the challenge so as to record their involvement and kilometres cycled. At the end of National Bike Week the distance and number of days travelled will be recorded. We are offering almost €2,000 in prize money to be divided across a number of categories. All details are available on www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie.”

Statistics show that cycling speed is approximately three times that of walking speed. If a car trip is replaced by a bike trip, then you save around 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled. If a person living 4km from work cycles to and from work throughout the year, rather than driving, over the course of the year, around 300kg of CO2 emissions are avoided, according to Córa.

The cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Pat McCarthy, said the challenge was one of a number of events aimed at getting more people cycling. “Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of people cycling on Kerry’s roads which is wonderful from a health and exercise point of view,” he said. “We have some beautiful routes to cycle on in Kerry and we have seen many new cycle lanes provided in recent years which give people even more opportunity to get on their bikes.”

For more information, call 066-7184776 or e-mail info@kerryrecreationandsports.ie and www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie
 


 
Launching the Cycle to Work Challenge as part of National Bike Week today were Eoghan Barry (Astellas), Donal Hunt (ITT), Gina Halliday (Astellas), front, Micheál Ó Coileáin (KCC), Anna-Meria Costello (KCC), Córa Carrigg (Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership), Cllr Pat McCarthy (Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council).

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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