Cy­cle plans ‘do not go far enough’

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

Cy­clists have given a cau­tious wel­come to plans for new bike lanes in Cork but said even if all are de­liv­ered, there still will not be a con­tin­u­ous cy­cle route from the city cen­tre to any sub­urb.

The Cork Cy­cling Cam­paign was re­act­ing to the pub­li­ca­tion on Mon­day of a map show­ing the ex­tent of new lanes which the city coun­cil aims to de­liver over the com­ing months as part of its Covid-19 re­cov­ery plan, com­bined with a sig­nif­i­cant ex­ten­sion west­wards of the city’s pub­lic bike scheme.

A num­ber of tem­po­rary bike lanes are also planned along routes in­clud­ing Mel­bourne Rd, Vicar’s Rd, Har­bour View Rd, South Mall, Cen­tre Park Rd, Mon­a­han Rd, Boreen­manna Rd, and on the Mal­low Rd.

But cam­paign spokesman Conn Dono­van said while it is en­cour­ag­ing to see, the plan does not go far enough.

“A frac­tured bike net­work will only ever ap­peal to roughly 5% of peo­ple in any city. To put it an­other way, only 5% of peo­ple cy­cle in Cork be­cause we have de­signed the city that way.”

Coun­cil­lors were briefed dur­ing Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing about a raft of mea­sures planned to im­prove mo­bil­ity in and around the city. It in­cludes 11 new dock­ing sta­tions for the pub­lic bike scheme at County Hall, Mardyke Walk, Gaol Walk, Brook­field, Den­nehy’s Cross, Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, Al­bert Quay West/Vic­to­ria Rd, Con­naught Av­enue, Ken­ley, Model Farm Rd and Cork In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, with ten­ders for en­abling works due to is­sue over the com­ing months.

Cru­cially, the Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity is also set to au­dit ex­ist­ing sta­tions and bikes to en­sure “ap­pro­pri­ate main­te­nance”.

How­ever, coun­cil­lors were also told that con­struc­tion will start on 11 cy­cle routes “within the next num­ber of months” with con­sul­ta­tion due to start on the plan­ning for three more schemes.

Ten­ders for the Hor­gan’s Quay seg­re­gated in­bound cy­cle lane from the Lower Glan­mire Rd are due in by June 12, with ten­ders for the Ske­hard Rd scheme now be­ing con­sid­ered.

Phase one of the Lee to Sea Green­way, from the Ma­rina to Ma­hon, is ex­pected to go to ten­der in Au­gust to de­liver some 2.5km of cy­cle way.

Works for the Model Farm Rd to Car­ri­gro­hane Rd bike lane and the Togher Pub­lic Realm project are ex­pected to be ten­dered in early au­tumn. Part eight pro­pos­als for bus, walk­ing, cy­cling, and pub­lic realm im­prove­ments along MacCur­tain St are due to be pub­lished later this month.

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