Cork City has done some fantastic work reallocating space to cycling and walking, but — as is happening in Dublin and elsewhere around Ireland — the process includes mixing walking and cycling on sections of footpaths.
Here’s a map and some images of some of the issue with recent cycle paths constructed on the Lower Glanmire Road — the council are planning on one of two things: (1) people cycling to bunnyhop over large sections of footpaths, or people to cycle on more and more sections of footpaths:
The above drawing, which was released by Cork City Council under a Freedom of Information request, shows an outline of some of the cycle paths now constructed around the west end of the Lower Glanmire Road. Some details such as the car parking and the public bicycle station were changed before construction — not everything thing on the drawings is correct! Click map for larger image.
The yellow markers (which we added) show the locations of the below images in order.
1. Pictured above is the west end of the Lower Glanmire Road: Directly ahead is Alfred Street, while the continuation of the Lower Glanmire Road is to the left of the buildings in the centre of the photo.
The only way to get to or from the two-way cycle path here is to cross over the footpath, the lane left of the two-way cycle path is a section of bus-only street using a no-entry except bus sign.
2. Pictured above is the other end of the same two-way cycle path: There’s a small path which allows people cycling towards the camera here to cross over on front of buses into an advance stop line on the bus only street. Traveling away from the camera, the only way to get onto the cycle path is to use the footpath or cycle the wrong way down the bus only lane.
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3. Above shows the laneway mid-way along the two-way cycle path, where there is a single-direction cycle route shortcut.
This is a nice idea but where cycle routes cross footpaths, even if you want to give footpath users priority, it should be clear for all where people on bicycles are supposed to be cycled to and from.
4. This is the other end of the landway where it intersects with Brian Boru Street. The same applies here as the last image: It should be clear to all that the cycle route goes over the footpath and this makes it more clear to more people that the rest of the footpath is not a place for cycling on.
Given that there looks to be no tactile surface around any other part of the cycle path, the use of tactile tiles at the end of the cycle path is likely to be ineffective for people with sight issues. Maybe more so questionable is the mixing of bicycles and footpath users on sections of footpaths without any tactile warning to users with sight issues.
5. This is where the route continues east down the Lower Glanmire Road. It looks nice but getting to/from here (5) from/to other sections of cycle path (2) isn’t straight forward…
Are people cycling supposed use the footpaths? The roadway? Dismount? A long bunny hop? A mix of all these?
Images: Cork Cycling Campaign
Maps: Cork City Council, released under FOI
Location: Lower Glanmire Road
Local body/authority: Cork City Council
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