Cork could become a haven for safe cycling if Cork City Council collaborates more with cyclists on developments in the city, according to the Cork Cycling Campaign.
The campaign was reacting to the recent revelations surrounding the Horgan’s Quay development, which will include a dedicated inbound cycle lane on Water Street and Horgan’s Quay to complement the existing lane on Lower Glanmire Road and Penrose Quay.
The proposed cycle lane will then connect with the existing bus and cycle lanes at Kent Station.
Speaking to The Echo, Brian Murphy of the Cork Cycling Campaign, said City Hall appeared to take on board the submissions of cyclists in completing the development plan.
A report from City Hall states that the Horgan’s Quay area has attracted increased numbers of pedestrians and cyclists in recent times, and this scheme is seen as a way to provide safety and convenience for more vulnerable road-users.
The new Horgan’s Quay scheme is designed to deliver “safe, dedicated cycle infrastructure for in-bound cyclists without compromising facilities for other road users.
“The new infrastructure is designed to provide an interim solution pending the wider redevelopment of the north Docklands and the provision of dedicated two-way cycle facilities and enhanced public walkways.”
Also included in the scheme are the upgrading of footpaths, improvements to junctions to enhance safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and public lighting improvements.
Mr Murphy said even more collaboration could make Cork a haven for safe cycling.
“In general, we were pretty happy with how this scheme went and wanted to publicly commend the City Council in general and the design teams for doing a good job,” he said.
“Gerry O’Beirne is listed on the council documentation and they’ve obviously put in a good effort here.
“The Cork Cycling Campaign has the unfortunate position of being the ones publicising flaws in schemes and we want to make sure we praise the better schemes when they happen too.
“The Horgan’s Quay design isn’t absolutely perfect but the council teams for this project took a lot of our concerns onboard and have accepted some of our proposed remedies.
“For our part we accept that every project’s scope is limited and you can’t fix everything at once.
“It’s a nice example of how things should work, an example of the council listening to the people who are affected, and an example of the council working to provide good- quality sustainable infrastructure.
“The other thing we wanted to show was that the Cork Cycling Campaign wants the council to succeed and are always willing to give of our time to help them achieve the best designs possible,” said Mr Murphy.
“The kind of productive interaction we had on this scheme is something we’d love to have more of.
“We believe that it can be difficult to spot design issues for people who don’t cycle the route,” he said.
“We think we can add on-the-ground experience and context to aid with design efforts and ultimately help the council to increase cycling modal share by achieving high- quality infrastructure.
“Such a collaboration could certainly help to make Cork a haven for cyclists, we think.”