Tuesday 19 March 2019

'Fresh Air Friday' for Balbriggan

John Manning

A new initiative in Balbriggan is promoting alternative modes of transport to the fuel-guzzling automobile.

An initiative involving Balbriggan Tidy Towns and Balbriggan Sports Hub is working to promote alternatives to the car as the mode of transport in the town.

The initiative is called Fresh Air Friday. While it ties in neatly with the aims of Operation Transformation, which has been based in Balbriggan, this initaitive seeks to promote changes in people's 'Operation Transportation'.

Garrett Mullan (Social Democrats local election candidate) was involved in co-ordinating the organising group for the initiative and he says this is the first time this has been tried in the town.

'Fresh Air Friday is an appropriate name and is a call for people to start cycling or walking to school or other places they need to go.

'We are asking for people to participate as individuals or as groups.

'It could be a workplace, school or any Balbriggan resident individually.

'On the day, we are inviting participants to post pictures of themselves walking, cycling, skating or skooting with the hashtag #ActiveBalbriggan #FreshAirFriday.'

Mr Mullan said: 'We are delighted with the support received so far. The Cycling & Angling shop has offered and already is booked in for free bike maintenance workshops for schools and businesses involved in the day. Java the Hut coffee stand at Balbriggan train station are offering a 50cent discount to anyone who says the words Fresh Air Friday on the day.

'Scoil Chormaic Community National School, St Georges National School, Gaelscoil Baile Brigin and Balbriggan Educate Together have all endorsed the Fresh Air Friday initiative next Friday 15th February 2019'.

Mr Mullan added: 'It is unfortunate that Government is not doing more to encourage sustainable transport options as it not only means there is chronic congestion, but there is the challenge of climate change and Ireland lags behind in responding'.

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