Friday, September 09, 2016

A BLUEPRINT for the development of new cycle lanes and tracks across Cork city and its suburbs has been published jointly by Cork city and county councils.

Extending the Lee Fields walkway as far as Ballincollig Regional Park, segregated cycle tracks to connect Blarney and Midleton with the city, and a new cycle lane along the Commons Road through Blackpool are all included in the master plan.

The cycle lane on Washington Street. Picture Dan Linehan

The cycle lane on Washington Street. Picture Dan Linehan

Cork City Council and Cork County Council commissioned consultants AECOM to prepare the Cycling Network Plan for the Cork City Metropolitan Area and surrounding towns.

The draft document is available from the council’s website and public information days will take place at County Hall on Wednesday, September 21, from 10am to 4pm, and in City Hall the following day, from 10am to 4pm.

The draft document points out that there is currently 100km of cycling infrastructure in the Cork Metropolitan Area. From a safety point of view it notes there have been no serious or fatal accidents involving cyclists in the city centre in the last 10 years.

In preparing the Cycling Network Plan the consultants held information days and accepted submissions from the public. Many of these pointed out issues with the current cycle lanes in Cork such as poor road surfaces, unconnected cycle lanes ending abruptly and being installed in a piecemeal fashion, parking of cars on cycle lanes, one-way streets that cause long diversions for cyclists and no sheltered bike parking.

To view the plan details click here.

Pope's Quay Cycle Lane. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Pope’s Quay Cycle Lane. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

As well as minor recommendations and improvements, the master plan recommends significant new cycle tracks, including:

  • A segregated cycle path from Midleton to the Dunkettle Roundabout via Carrigtwohill and Little Island.
  • Extending the Lee Fields walkway alongside the riverbank north of the Carrigrohane Straight Road to connect with Ballincollig Regional Park, providing an almost complete off-road cycle link between the suburb and city.
  • A cycle connection from Blarney to the north city via a segregated cycle track off-road and within the N20 corridor.
  • A one-way cycling loop inbound via South Douglas Road and outbound via Douglas Road.
  • Enhanced cycle connections to the Apple site in Hollyhill.
  • An east-west greenway route along the N40 South Ring Road corridor to connect Douglas to Bishopstown, Wilton and Ballincollig.
  • A greenway route through the redeveloped Tramore Valley Park.

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