— Cycle paths turned into shared footpath in plans, but general traffic lanes and car parking unaffected.
The Cork Cycling Campaign have hit back at the reasoning given for the planned removal of cycle lanes and cycle paths on the Lee Flood Relief Scheme.
The Cork City Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme is being rolled out by the Office of Public Works in conjunction with Cork City and County Councils.
In the last two weeks the official social media account of the Lee Flood Relief Scheme has doubled down on defending the current plans which includes removing cycle lanes and segregated cycle paths and replacing them with shared use footpaths.
Shared use paths are disliked by both cycling groups and advocacy groups for people with disabilities, but continue to be favoured by authorities, especially on projects where architects have a strong say.
The Lee Flood Relief Scheme account said today: “Shared spaces are currently proposed in locations where there is insufficient space to have segregated two-way cycle lanes. LLFRS & Cork City Council intend to meet with relevant stakeholders including the NTA to discuss the proposed arrangements prior to finalisation.”
But in this on-going war of words on Twitter, cycling campaigners in Cork were having none of it. The Cork Cycling Campaign said: “62 feet and you can’t find room for a proper cycle path? * There is an existing cycle path there already*”.
The row has been on-going for more than a week:
In Cork we have years of media reports that busy shared paths (Blackrock/Mahon GW, Lee Fields, etc), DON'T WORK. Conflict between people walking & cycling is INEVITABLE.@llfrscork – this is a daft & retrograde plan. Go back to the drawing board!@EoinBearla @Darragh_Ber @tmfcork https://t.co/TijrCiQ1Wc
— Dean Venables (@DeanVenables) September 24, 2019
The project’s account came under quite a bit of criticism from both campaigners and members of the public for calling the following artist’s impressions for Sullivan’s Quay an improvement:
— LLFRS (@llfrscork) September 27, 2019
Some of the plans include removed protected cycle paths while retaining general traffic lanes and car parking spaces:
We acknowledge the variety of views on this. Spatial restrictions in some streets don’t make two-way cycleways & pedestrian walkways possible. Shared space is common in Continental cities & seems to work. There'll be further consideration of this before a final decision is made.
— LLFRS (@llfrscork) September 23, 2019
The account has sense doubled down on defending the current plans:
Shared spaces are currently proposed in locations where there is insufficient space to have segregated two-way cycle lanes. LLFRS & Cork City Council intend to meet with relevant stakeholders including the NTA to discuss the proposed arrangements prior to finalisation. #LLFRSCORK pic.twitter.com/sOw5MAJOcF
— LLFRS (@llfrscork) October 2, 2019
But the authorities seem to have failed to do their homework:
And the way that was addressed?
By putting back in separate cycle lanes.
Not *really* the advert you were trying for for shared space, was it, now?https://t.co/R5kqQyGEQN
— Tim O'Connor (@timoconnorbl) October 2, 2019