The installation of increased cycling protection on the city’s cycle lanes is due to begin during the Halloween Mid Term break, according to City Hall.
Cork City Council has provided an update on cycling developments across the city as part of the Re-imagining Cork programme.
The programme, which is an immediate response to social distancing requirements resulting from Covid-19 and an acceleration of the City Council’s vision for a city of sustainable urban growth, will see up to €2 million invested in new bike racks, new cycle lanes, the refurbishment of existing cycle lanes and the installation of bollards on four kilometres of key cycling routes.
More than 43 new bicycle racks are being installed across the city with new indoor racks now in place at North Main Street Shopping Centre and sponsored racks at St Patrick’s Street, Union Quay, Ballincollig Regional Park, Blackrock Castle car park, Grand Parade, and Parnell Place.
Racks have also been installed at Coburg St, MacCurtain St, North Main St, Daunt Square, St Patrick’s Street and Parnell Place. In the coming days, they will also be installed at either end of Mary Elmes Bridge and at Oliver Plunkett Street, Pembroke Street, and on Grand Parade.
Approximately 25 to 30 more will be installed outside the city centre by the end of the year with the new racks said to enable the safe parking of approximately 500 bikes.
Earlier this week, work started on interim cycle lanes at Centre Park Road and Monahan Road. The surface of the lanes is being renewed and new bus stop facilities will also be put in place along the route with repairs also being made to sections of the wider road surface.
Work on Horgan’s Quay cycle lane will be operational before Christmas and work on Donovan’s Road is scheduled to start within the next two to three weeks.
The proposed two-way cycle lanes on South Mall will be going to tender in the coming days.
The installation of increased cycling protection on the city’s cycle lanes is due to begin during the Halloween Mid Term break with an initial focus on the areas around schools.
Up to 4.65km of orca wands will be installed by contractors in the city centre and suburbs including Alfred Street, South Main Street, Washington Street, near UCC gates on Washington Road, Rossa Avenue, in Mahon Point, Ballincollig, and Mulgrave Street.
The €1.5 million upgrade and relining of 6km of cycle lane surfaces as well as specific bus lane sections is due to begin in mid-November with new resin being placed on surfaces.
Resurfacing will take place in the city centre, Gillabbey St, Proby’s Quay, Rossa Ave, Ballincollig, Kinsale Road, Mahon Link and Douglas.