About 200,000 people live within minutes of the proposed Lee to Sea Greenway, according to campaigners who have launched a new website to promote the route.
Lee2sea.wordpress.com was recently launched by the Cork Cycling Campaign, the Transport & Mobility Forum Cork, and Cork Healthy Cities.
Dean Venables, chairman of the Cork Cycling Campaign, said: “The L2S, we think, hits the combination of leisure, commuting, and tourism uniquely strongly, with major benefits to each of those categories.
He added: “It would be a game-changer for Cork, providing a central, high quality cycling corridor traversing the city and hitting major places of employment, education, not to mention retail. There can be no doubt that a properly rollout of this greenway through Cork would be one of Ireland’s most important cycle commuting and recreational pathways.”
According to the website, the promoters of the route are not seting down a precise reoute at this stage but the route would start at the River Lee’s Inniscarra Dam travel into Cork city centre, run along the city’s historic quays, skirt the western shore of Cork’s huge natural harbour, and end at the impressive coastline near the harbour mouth.
The group said that within the city the route would use segregated two-way cycle paths alone with pedestrian pavements.