Campaigners criticize ‘painfully slow’ progress in Cork’s cycling infrastructure
Cycling activists in Cork have expressed frustration and dismay at the slow delivery of new cycling infrastructure in the city.
The Cork Cycling Campaign has spoken after confirmation of delays in the delivery and installation of bicycle parking areas that were announced over the summer as part of the City Council’s Covid-19 relaunch strategy .
“A lot of people thought it would be the easiest ‘quick wins’ for the council to encourage cycling in the city center and make cyclists feel welcome in the city,” the president said. of the Conn Donovan campaign.
“Advisors have reported on social media that there are vendor delays. I note that other local authorities in Ireland have not experienced similar problems. ”
He cited several examples in Dublin where bicycle racks are installed in public streets and in schools.
In an email to city officials, Donovan urged them to consider putting bicycle parking spaces in existing parking spaces and to avoid possible delays associated with having them installed on private property.
Calls for investment in cycling now have a strong evidence base in Cork.
Across a wide range of society, there is a firm resolution that good cycling infrastructure will allow more and more people to ride, thus ensuring a greener, cleaner and more equitable city. #WeAreCork pic.twitter.com/hjOVaAgmmj
– Cork Cycling Campaign (@CorkCyclingCrew) Aug 5, 2020
Cork City Council in July unveiled investment plans of € 1.5 million to repair 6 km of existing cycle lanes, install bollards on 4.5 km of key cycle lanes, speed up construction plans for some 4.1 km of new cycle paths in Center Park, Monahan Road, Terence MacSwiney Quay, Horgan’s Quay, Victoria Road and along the South Mall, and installing bike racks in up to 100 locations to provide parking for up to 600 bikes.
However, activists said progress on the ground has been painfully slow.
Council operations director David Joyce said several streets were pedestrianized, trail extension work to facilitate alfresco dining on MacCurtain Street is underway, work has started on the bike path Horgan’s Quay and that public consultation on other bike path projects is underway. .
However, he said the council had experienced delays in acquiring bicycle racks from suppliers, who in turn had supply chain issues related to Covid-19.
“We are planning to install bicycle parking facilities at 100 different sites that will allow parking for up to 600 bicycles,” said Joyce.
“But Covid has affected both the supply chain and manufacturing capacity.
Meanwhile, work to install bollards along existing cycle paths will begin within the next fortnight, with Alfred St, Washington St, South Main St, Western Rd, Clashduv and the cycle path near Colaiste Choilm in Ballincollig in the first installment.
A € 1.5 million cycle track surface renewal program must also start and terminals will be installed along sections of these roads during this work.