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Cork cycling goes contra-flow

Cork City centre is full of one-way street which have long being a barrier to cycling — however, the city council are tackling this with the Cork Cycle Network.

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The recently installed contra-flow cycle path on Washington Street, pictured below, seems to be a fine example of contra-flow. And possibly the best example in Ireland or at least a contender alongside the contra-flow in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Here’s some photos thanks to @CyclingVillage:

Contra-flow Cork#



The view before from Google Street View:

Contra-flow Cork BEFORE

Another view again from @CyclingVillage:


The route does not end after meeting a with-flow section of road, it continues as a cycle lane:

Contra-flow Cork 1

There was some backlash to the changes, mainly it seems from taxi drivers. It even got to the point of them asking the junior minister of transport to get involved. But in the latest bit of news we could find on this, Minister Alan Kelly told the Irish Examiner: “I am determined that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely and correctly, and that this city is modernised from a transport point of view.” He pointed out that only tweeks to the project was possible, not reversal or major changes.

Thankfully there’s no examples of the poor shared used junctions used on the quays in Cork last year. Image from Cork Cycle Network on Facebook:



Cork Cycle Network drawings can be found here.

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  1. If the Government want to improve the Modal share of Cycling in Ireland and lessen the impact of Motorised Traffic .Then they will have to bite the Bullet and ignore the Motoring Lobby bleating all the time when infrastructure is brought in to make it safer for Cycling. Taxi Drivers are dangerous on our roads they need to be barred on the shared Bus Lanes. They continually break the rules by Skimming Cyclists Knuckles also doing sudden U Turns and also pulling in suddenly to pick up fares.I am delighted for Cork Cyclists ,more Contra in all our Cities and Towns.


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