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From: Clara Clark Sent: 15 March 2004 09:35

To: Subject: S2S Proposal

I wish to add my support of and commitment to the development of the S2S, Sutton to Sandycove cycle and walkway. As a regular cyclist and walker, I can see the huge merits of this project, which will reclaim the coastline and access to the sea, beaches, and fresh air, safe and removed from cars, lorries and roads.

The S2S route, once established, will be used by commuters, families, staff during lunch and break times, as well as exercisers. It will finally encourage people out of cars, even off buses, to avail of the pleasant, SAFER, and environmentally friendlier route to and from their places of work, and as a mode of transport. It will allow students and school-children a quicker, healthier, more fun way of getting to/from school/college.

If government departments were to combine some initiatives, it could be a springboard for the Departments of Transport, the Environment, and Health to create joint promotions linking new transport options, environmentally-friendly ideas and obesity-tackling initiatives all through one project, the S2S. In addition, it should offer parallel initiatives such as screened recycling areas close to parking areas on the route, properly -designed skateboard parks to attract young people towards using the S2S to access outdoor activities, bike rental stands, or free bike pick-ups, as they have in Holland and Denmark.

S2S should be incorporated into all Dublin city maps and guide books, leaflets available in all hotels, tourist information offices, libraries, schools etc. Dublin Bay is a wonderful but totally under-used and under-appreciated amenity. The S2S can change all that. Dublin city can reclaim its coastline, its wonderful views, its clean air, one of its hidden treasures. Dubliners and their guests can begin to appreciate our location and the bountiful free amenities on our doorstep. For too long Dublin has turned its back on our foreshore, and allowed industry, dumping, and neglect to take over. The S2S can give Dublin a whole new aspect and benefit. I hope that the Dublin City authorities will see the S2S as an important, positive, added-value initiative to Dublin’s infrastructure.

Clara Clark