Cork City residents welcome first day of car-free Marina

Residents of Cork have welcomed Cork City Council’s action to trial a car-free Marina, which is helping enable social distancing in the popular area for people walking and cycling.

The campaigners have long called for the move for the waterside road to be closed claiming it was a rat run for motorists.

Cork City Council today said: “To help with #SocialDistancing #COVID19 the Marina is being pedestrianised 24 hrs a day from today until the end of August. The only vehicle access will be by its local residents and businesses.”

Meanwhile, local residents have started a petition calling on the council to open access to the Tramore Valley Park for walking and cycling at Half Moon Lane. The council has so-far denied the request of both councillors and campaigners to open the access to claims of “safety issues” which is disputed by those who want the access opened.

The reaction to the first day of a car-free Marina can be seen below in images and comments:

https://twitter.com/SamMcCormack97/status/1261340972316864513

https://twitter.com/CorkHealthyCity/status/1261266195942125569

https://twitter.com/finnhug/status/1261309540240326656

https://twitter.com/SamMcCormack97/status/1261341828093218820

 

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.

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