Sustainable Travel

my bikeAs part of my commitment to be greener….Wild Kitchen promotes and encourages sustainable travel.

We offer a 10% discount to walkers who arrive by either foot, bike,bus, skateboard, or water. We have participated twice in national bike week for 2014/15, with foraging cycles and attend bike fixing workshops with An Taisce locally.

WAW_Route_ClareLimerick_1There is a fabulous new cycle lane from Ennistymon to Lahinch and plans are underway to reopen parts of the west Clare railway as a cycling route, ”are you right there Michael.”

And plans are drawn up for opening the West Clare Trailway, which runs along the main railway route, on old bog roads, with an electric bus to provide pick ups and drop offs for users, very exciting.

There are 1,200 public e-car charging points across the Island of Ireland, and thankfully we have one in Lahinch, click on the link for the  map

www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ecars/charge-point-map

Lahinch has a regular bus service www.buseireann.ie and bike hire outlet www.lahinchadventures.com

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark provide further resources and information on transport for the Burren. Burren.ie

Check the link to find out more and download their free app.www.burrenecotourism.com/getting-here/.

Wild Kitchen is a member of the sustainable transport committee within the Burren Ecotourism Network and over the last year have met several times to discuss various initiatives around promoting green travel in the Burren and between BEN members. We were delighted to be joined by Roisin Garvey, the sustainable travel officer with an Taisce in partnership with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, to advise and create with us. From our meetings over the Winter/Spring Roisin came up some great ideas which were rolled out over the following months.

Cycle training with Roisin called ”Get in Gear”. Bike parking workshop using old tyre’s.

Ways of promoting cycling in and around our locations to including how to  calculate and promote cycling times between locations, allowing that it takes roughly 4 mins to cycle 1 kilometer. Tea Please……..

free cup of tea logo

Roisin  also came up with the ”Free cup of tea if you cycle to me campaign” which we launched in Pol na Bron, in the Burren on the 2nd of June. It has  been well received and adopted by many BEN members. Lovely idea to encourage cycling out in the fresh air,  taking in the beautiful scenery and getting excercise….. and a free cup of tea. Thanks Roisin.

So far it’s been a good year in the Network and Geopark for awards and partnerships as Roisin’s work with the Geopark received this fantastic award recently for the  Best Transport Initiative for Responsible Tourism.

Gold Winner: An Taisce Green Schools Travel and Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark Partnership (Co. Clare)Awarded to a transport operator demonstrating an innovative and responsible approach to visitor transportation. 

 

 

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