Cork councillors vote to remove section of cycle lane in front of school for car parking

A full meeting of Cork City Council councillors have today voted 19-8 in favour to remove section of protected cycle lane from plans from Curraheen Road in the city.

The 120 metre section to be removed is in front of school for car parking for a GP surgery, a pharmacy and other businesses.

Campaigners had hoped to seek to strength the quality of the project one it got enough support, but, as reported earlier this month, all but one local area councillor supported the removal of a protected cycle lane for parking outside the school.

Hello... sorry to interrupt you: IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism supported by just over 250 readers like you -- they have subscribed for €5 per month or more. If you can, please join them and subscribe today. If you have already subscribed -- thank you! Now, back to the article...

Council officials outlined three possible options to councillors tonight: the scheme as advertised,removing a 200 metre section of cycle lane between Rossa Ave and Melbourn Road, or around 120 metre of cycle lane between Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh and Melbourn Road.

Council officials recommended option 3, removal of the planned cycle lane outside the school.

Responding to a focus from councillors of parking for the GP surgery, Conn Donovan, chairperson of the Cork Cycling Campaign, said: “Parking arrangements already exist at this surgery. People are invited to park in the car park to the rear in accordance with the signage. Legal on-street parking directly outside it is not an option due to pedestrian crossing.”

He said the protected cycle lane would have protected pedestrian crossing from illegal parking, which has previously been highlighted by concerted parents.

An summary of the views from councillors is outlined in this thread from Irish Examiner journalist Eoin English:

Hello Reader... IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of February, 210 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.3% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers

Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.