Planning for post-lockdown cycle routes in Cork City welcomed

IMAGE: File image of cycling in Cork.

— Caution urged on risk of isolated sections of routes.
— New bicycle share docking stations part of mobility plan.

Planning for cycle routes, including quick-build projects, as part of the post-lockdown transport response in Cork City has been welcomed by the Cork Cycling Campaign.

The group urged caution that some routes might have “limited value as they are isolated from existing cycle lanes” and that Cork City Council should liaise with stakeholders.

Details of the first route, the Interim Cycle Infrastructure Phase 1, has been published on the city council’s website. It aims to use light segregation from an existing cycle route at City Hall to the Marina, which is currently car-free as a trial until the end of August.

IMAGE: Cycle route plan map: Blue = tender stage, green = temporary measures, red = planning stage.

Conn Donovan, chairperson of the Cork Cycling Campaign, said: “The Cork Cycling Campaign welcomes the publication of the proposed new cycling routes. Most of these routes will not come as a surprise to people as they have already been through the planning process and are awaiting tenders. Several temporary cycle lanes have been identified and we welcome some routes such as those proposed to the east of the city centre in the Docklands area as they help join up existing sections of the Cork Cycle Network.

“Other routes such as those proposed along the Melbourne Road in Bishopstown will be of limited value as they are isolated from existing cycle lanes,” he said.

Donovan added: “We would urge Cork City Council to liaise with stakeholders such as the Transport & Mobility Forum in Cork to help create real alternatives on key bus corridors so that people living near these routes are enabled to cycle to work, school, college etc come September.”

11 new Cork bicycle share docking stations have also been announced as part of the plan, these are at County Hall, Mardyke Walk, Gaol Walk, Brookfield, Dennehy’s Cross, CUH, Albert Quay, West/Victoria Rd, Connaught Avenue, Kenley, Model Farm Rd and CIT.

IMAGE: Part of the Interim Cycle Infrastructure Phase 1.

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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