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.

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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.

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:

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