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“Comprehensive, high quality and consistent” cycling network planned for Cork councils

A draft plan for Cork’s future network of cycle routes has gone on display online and the public are asked to have their say.

IMAGE: The plan highlights  some of the existing cycle paths and lanes constructed in Cork in recent years.
IMAGE: The plan highlights some of the existing cycle paths and lanes constructed in Cork in recent years.

While the detailed design and funding of individual routes is a matter for the future, the draft Cork Metropolitan Cycle Network Plan (view it here in PDF) outlines which roads, streets and parkland routes will traverse.

Cork City Council and Cork County Council said that it “aims to establish a comprehensive, high quality and consistent cycling network to cater for a variety of cycle trips across the city and surrounding suburbs.”

The council said: “There will be two public exhibition days to promote the draft plan and to give the public an opportunity to comment on and make a submission on the plan”. The first exhibition days will be on September 21 at County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, and the second will be on September 22 at City Hall, Anglesea St, Cork. Both will be between 10am and 4pm on the respective days.

The closing date for submissions is October 14, 2016. You can print this form (Word doc) or email the submission to

Here’s an overview map of the network, including primary routes (red), interurban routes (in lighter blue), secondary routes (darker blue) and greenways (in green):


And here’s an overview of the Cork city centre area:


Maps of other areas are included in the draft Cork Metropolitan Cycle Network Plan — view it here in PDF.

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  1. Excellent. However, a similar report was produced for Dublin three years ago and nothing has come of it’s proposals yet. Here’s hoping there’s more of a drive to get these routes built than there was in Dublin.

  2. Let me see if I can predict what the AA will say….”We are completely in favour of new cycling infrastructure, but not if it takes space away from cars, either narrowing or removing traffic lanes or removing or disrupting parking.”

    Then a lobby comprised of retail and parking interests…”In these harsh economic times it is unconscionable to put extra pressure on small businesses (you know, like Brown Thomas) by preventing people from driving right up to them. These plans will kill retailers and hollow out the city until it is like Mad Max with bicycles in there.”


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