A new project by Cork City Council includes telling people cycling to yield 13 times at sidestreets and shared space in both directions along a road which is just 1km long.
The plans for the Maryborough Woods cycle route in the Douglas area of Cork City is currently open to public constitution.
Prasanna Ramaswamy, a spokesperson for the Cork Cycling Campaign, said that the project is of a poor design and non-compliant even with 10-year-old National Cycle Manual.
I feel this is completely unacceptable given how other counties — DLRCC and Limerick, for example — are already making continuous foot and cycle paths and the fact that all the junctions here are only driveways or estate streets. I see no reason why both the footpath and the cycle track should be so discontinuous.”
The council said on its website that the active travel project will “provide segregated cycle tracks on both sides of the main distributor road through Maryborough Woods. These cycle tracks will provide a safe route for cyclists through the estate from Maryborough Hill to the Carrigaline Road.”
As well as designing bus stops where people cycling are mixed with passengers getting on and off buses, the council also plans to mix people cycling with buses at one bus stop and across a general layby area beside the bus stop.