The latest blueprint for the recovery of Cork's economy and society has been detailed by City Hall, with plans for a further pedestrianisation of city centre streets and the provision of additional cycling facilities.
Following the first step of the pandemic recovery plan yesterday, City Hall outlined a vision that involves the creation of ‘cycle and walk’ facilities and ‘click and collect’ setdown areas in the city centre.
Phase one of the re-opening of Cork began yesterday, and it included the pedestrianisation at Oliver Plunkett Street and a deep clean of the city centre and Glanmire, Blarney, Douglas and Ballincollig is underway.
The following measures are proposed by Cork City Council for phase two. If agreed, these changes can be implemented in the short and medium term and aim to mirror the timing of the Government’s roadmap for lifting COVID 19 restrictions:
Cork City Council Assistant Chief Executive, Brian Geaney said: “Working with the Government’s reopening roadmap, the €3.5 billion Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) and our own City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) as our overriding framework, we wanted to take a creative but evidence-based approach to reawakening and reimagining our city.
"First and foremost, we want residents, workers and visitors to the city to feel that they can safely practice social distancing in our city and that it is an attractive place to visit during these unusual times.
“We started with the city centre but are looking out to the wider new city.
"Our approach protects health and wellbeing but all proposed interventions will need to be fully considered by all stakeholder interest groups in the city.
"In the medium term, we have a unique opportunity to rethink the future of the City in a way that boosts quality of life, sustainability and opportunity,” he said.
“While we are informed by other Irish and international cities, Cork is unique in the way that its homes, workplaces, retail and hospitality are configured and so we need a unique response.
"A street-by-street approach will be adopted in relation to particular on-street proposals. Cork City Council will seek unanimity of purpose as specific mobility measures are proposed for various streets,” he added.