Cork City Council keeps mixing walking and cycling on footpaths

— People cycling into the city centre expected to mix with both pedestrians and buses:

Cork City Council CEO, Ann Doherty, complained to cycling campaigners last year about cyclists on footpaths, but she has now signed another set of plans to go to public consultation which mix walking and cycling on footpaths.

The latest project by the council to mix walking and cycling on footpaths by design is the ‘Horgan’s Quay Improvement Scheme’. It is out to public consultation until Monday March 16 at 5pm.

The public consultation notice signed by Doherty said that the project which mixes walking and cycling “is to provide a safe high quality route with an increased level of service for pedestrians and cyclists”.

The planned shared footpath on Water Street is included in the scheme because the council has decided to retain a parking lane on one side of the street and keep the traffic lane on the other side at mostly 4.1 metres, which is 0.6 metres wider than the traffic lanes on the M50.

Going by the drawings provided by the council, people cycling towards the city centre will be expected to:

  • go onto the footpath at the Lower Glanmire Road junction with Water Street,
  • (where a cycle lane built last year abruptly ends)
  • cross Water Street on a shared crossing,
  • cycle along on a shared footpath on the railway yard side of Water Street,
  • loose priority at private entrances,
  • be dumped onto a 1.5 metre cycle lane on Horgan’s Quay,
  • then, less than 500 metres later, be dumped onto a bus lane.

On Horgan’s Quay, the 1.5 metre cycle lane will have a 0.3 metre painted buffer with flexible bollard placed every 8 metres.

The work is being carried out under Public Notice in Compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transportation Regulation Act, 2009 (Section 46).

KEY PUBLIC CONSULTATION DRAWINGS:

Water Street — with Horgan’s Quay to the left and Lower Glanmire Road to the right:

Detail of corner of Water Street and Horgan’s Quay

Horgan’s Quay with corner of Water Street to the right:

Horgan’s Quay continued to the west:

Horgan’s Quay with zoomed in detail:

Horgan’s Quay continued to the west:

MORE: Public consultation page on council’s website

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

2 Comments

  1. I can’t see what people cycling west from Tivoli are to do here? How to get to the west side of water st?

    Ignoring the entire ludicrous width of the lanes

  2. @Colm the council want them to cross Water Street on the shared crossing.

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