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Cork City Council refuses to take quick action where motorists keep nearly hitting cyclists

The public road and cycle route at the end of Albert Quay turns right to Victoria Road, but motorists heading straight into Kennedy Quay often fail to yield to cyclists. It’s one of the junctions with the most repeatedly reported issues that IrishCycle has heard about across the country. But according to local cycling campaigners, Cork City Council are continuing to refuse to act urgently.

Yesterday, the Cork Cycling Campaign said: “Unfortunately it has been confirmed to us today that Cork City Council have no plans to fix this dangerous junction.”

The group added: “A new scheme will be progressed next year for the area that we fear might take 2-3hrs to be delivered.”

IrishCycle reached out to Cork City Council for comment this yesterday morning, it was indicated that a response would be difficult yesterday as the Active Travel team was working to a deadline yesterday. But a response was also not received just before this article was published at 5.30pm today.

As this website reported in February, a Road Safety Audit, carried out for the council by consultants, outlined how “cyclists and drivers may not be aware of each other at the crossing point as they are both travelling in the same direction” ahead of the crossing, according to files released under a Freedom of Information request to this website.

But the audit report only suggested extending the red surfacing to start in advance of the crossing point. This action was accepted and implemented by Cork City Council.

It clearly has not solved the issue as cyclists report that motorists are continuing to not yield, many seemingly unaware that they are crossing the cycle route.

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