Strategy needed to expand bike scheme in Limerick

first_imgAlice in Wonder(fun)land at Lime Tree Theatre A COHERENT strategy is needed for the expansion of the Limerick bike sharing scheme to the University of Limerick in Castletroy, the Limerick Institute of Technology in Moylish and the Crescent Shopping Centre in Dooradoyle.That’s the view of Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler who claimed that cyclists are currently taking their lives into their own hands when they take to their bikes on busy city roads.Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Paul Keller asked the local authority at this week’s Metropolitan district meeting if there is a timeline for the expansion of the bike sharing scheme to UL, LIT and the Crescent Shopping Centre.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The existing scheme involves 215 bicycles being made available for short term hire from 23 locations across the city, ranging from King John’s Castle to Mary Immaculate College and O’Callaghan Strand to St John’s Cathedral.Limerick City and County Council director of transport and travel, Kieran Lehane explained that the scheme is sponsored by Coca-Cola and managed by the National Transport Authority (NTA).“Limerick City and County Council has assisted NTA in the rollout of this facility. The sponsorship of the bikes and the contract for the maintenance of the facility is a matter for the NTA,” he added.Independent councillor John Gilligan also felt that people were taking their lives into their hands when taking to a bicycle on busy city roads. Limerick City, he said, deserves a response from University of Limerick (UL) about the scheme.He also had a novel sponsorship idea for the scheme’s expansion.“Ask McDonald’s for a few bob. They are part of the problem,” he Alan [email protected] Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Something’s brewing on Nicholas Street WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleLimerick students walk 5 million miles to successNext articleLimerick all ages show for YouTube star BRY Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsStrategy needed to expand bike scheme in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – April 22, 2016 922 center_img Twitter Linkedin TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Daniel ButlerCllr John GilliganCllr Paul KellerCrescent Shopping CentreFine GaellimerickLimerick Bike Sharing SchemeLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT)National Transport Authority (NTA)University of Limerick Happy ever after for Limerick’s last Metropolitan Mayor City Mayor vows to be a voice for all The launch of Miss Limerick 2018 at the Crescent Shopping Centre Print University Hospital Limerick has public image challengelast_img read more

Establishing lichenometric ages for nineteenth- and twentieth-century glacier fluctuations on South Georgia (South Atlantic)

first_imgGlaciers in small mountain cirques on South Georgia respond rapidly and sensitively to changes in South Atlantic climate. The timing and rate of their deglaciation can be used to examine the impact that nineteenth- and twentieth-century climate change has had on the glacial dynamics and terrestrial ecosystems of South Georgia. As part of a reconnaissance study in Prince Olav Harbour (POH), South Georgia, we measured the size of lichens (Rhizocarpon Ram. em Th. Fr. subgenus. Rhizocarpon group) on ice-free moraine ridges around two small mountain cirques. Our aims were twofold: first, to provide age estimates for lichen colonization, and hence, deglaciation of the moraine ridges, and second, to examine the potential of applying lichenometry more widely to provide deglacial age constraints on South Georgia. In the absence of lichen age-size (dating) curves for South Georgia, we use long-term Rhizocarpon lichen growth-rates from recent studies on sub-Antarctic Islands and the western Antarctic Peninsula to calculate likely age estimates. These data suggest ice retreat from the two outermost moraines occurred between the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’ (post c. 1870) and the early twentieth century on South Georgia. Lichen colonization of the innermost moraines is probably related to glacier retreat during the second half of the twentieth century, which has been linked to a well-defined warming trend since c. 1950. Patterns of possible nineteenth- and twentieth-century glacial retreat identified in POH need to be tested further by establishing species- and site-specific lichen age-size (dating) curves for South Georgia, and by applying lichenometry to other mountain cirques across South Georgia.last_img read more