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Picture: Jim Coughlan.
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Cork Cycling Campaign: city cycling infrastructure falling behind

CORK’S cycling infrastructure is falling behind as a clampdown on cars parking on cycle lanes takes place in parts of the country.

An Garda Síochána took to social media to show they are taking a pro-active stance on drivers who are parking on cycle lanes across the country.

Cork Cycling Campaign have been big advocates for better surveillance along cycle lanes but feel a lot more needs to be done.

Chairman Dean Venables, told The Echo: “Cork Cycling Campaign welcomes proportionate enforcement of parking in cycle lanes to stop this offence. However, there seem to be no effective penalties for the practice. Last year less than 1% of fines were issued by city wardens for parking in cycle lanes and it’s unclear what the garda enforcement is.”

Venables says it’s not just cyclists safety that is a concern but also a waste of taxpayers money when a driver decides to park on a cycle lane. “When people park in cycle lanes, people on bikes are forced to merge into another lane with fast, heavy vehicles. That is an obviously dangerous situation. Secondly, parking in cycle lanes means that the lanes are not available for their intended purpose, that’s a huge waste of taxpayer money as well as lost revenue for the City Council.”

City Hall recently ruled out installing more barriers along cycle lanes, deeming it not appropriate for all areas. But Mr Venables feels their reasoning was inadequate. “Those measures are reasonable, low cost, and proportionate to address the issue. But this proposal, which has been brought before the council several times, was dismissed.”

Cork’s cycling infrastructure was once admired across the nation, but the Cork Cycling Campaign chairman feels it has fallen behind: “The city took the initiative and showed national leadership some years ago. After a good start, it’s a real pity to see Cork falling behind other cities on the cycling infrastructure.”