Cycling campaigners in Cork are asking members of the public to put presure on politicians for safe and reliable cycle tracks. It follows both a lack of enforcement by Gardai and the council, and Cork City Council refusing to add segregation to places with chronic problems with illegal car parking.
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Plenty of them had great stuff to say about the #ClimateStrike yesterday.
Safe and reliable bike lanes should be bread and butter for @corkcitycouncil.#freethecyclelanes https://t.co/Z1HfCkEs2J
— Cork Cycling Campaign 🚲 (@CorkCyclingCrew) September 21, 2019
So after I posted the video below, @SamMcCormack97 messaged me saying he went into Bridewell soon after this to complain about this car.
Then @niallmurray1 messaged me saying he saw @GardaTraffic talking to the owner.
All that effort, and then tonight I see: https://t.co/t5DTb5Tlpg pic.twitter.com/LM64WW4G36
— conn donovan (@conndonovan9) September 17, 2019
The example of Western Road in central Cork is such a chronic spot for illegal parking that cars and vans can be seen parking on the cycle lane on both Google Maps and on Street View:
The Cork Cycling Campaign and members of the public have repeatedly asked the council for segregation:
Getting the feeling that it's not that bollards the Council don't like, it's the people cycling who are asking for them they don't like.. pic.twitter.com/wO5DnRPzJo
— Cork Cycling Campaign 🚲 (@CorkCyclingCrew) September 16, 2019
Plastic wands are very popular in Cork. We use them a lot to prevent cars going places they shouldn't pic.twitter.com/TYZIlwad4g
— conn donovan (@conndonovan9) September 21, 2019
Another chronic location in Cork for illegal parking on cycle lanes where Cork City Council has refused to add physical barriers is Alfred Street beside Cork’s Kent train station:
Alfred Street in Cork City as worse than ever for illegal parking on the full time cycle lane & double yellows. It's even getting worse, today the parking protected lane has a cork across most of it. pic.twitter.com/4S39dgmhMz
— Séamus Kearney (@SeamusjKearney) September 17, 2019
Another location with a chronic issue is Mulgrave Road on an uphill cycle lane:
Cork's most abused cycle lane. @BadParkingCork pic.twitter.com/Fsa9Q9HeQe
— Des (@despod) September 20, 2019
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This general issue goes from bad to farcical – So after campaigning etc we get some bollards in some places – BUT – Has anyone noticed the trend now of cars being parked right at the entrance to those stretches of cycle lanes protected by those temp’ bollards, blocking us from getting in. On my daily commute, every day it occurs at one particular location close to Raheny Garda station. Cyclists have to go out to get around the car and into the car lane getting beeps from drivers (If not getting hit by their cars). Some of us have phoned the Gradai , asked them is it appropriate for us to report this and they say yes. They then waste our time, take all our details and then say “OK I have all that, now there is nothing we can do but thanks”. We then suggest why don’t they call to their address and arrest them as they have their details. The Guards say we must go to a Garda station and make a complaint there before they’ll do this. Its just excuses, excuses – and this is AFTER we get bollards?