City Hall pinpoints five more streets in pedestrianisation plan

City Hall pinpoints five more streets in pedestrianisation plan
Castle street and Daunt square Picture: Eddie O'Hare

FIVE more city streets have been earmarked for pedestrianisation in phase two of City Hall’s blueprint to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The strategic document is being developed at City Hall with input from councillors and members of the public, including a suggestion to introduce night-time street closures to allow open-air cafés and restaurants.

A definitive timeframe for phase two has yet to be confirmed but City Hall chief executive Ann Doherty has said the local authority will move as quickly as possible to make the necessary changes.

Businesses are being encouraged to apply for street furniture as part of a new 'outdoors culture'.

City Hall intends to continue updating the strategic document with further measures as they explore more options.

For phase one, four streets are to be pedestrianised: Pembroke Street, Paul Street, Tuckey Street and The Marina.

In phase two, outlined tonight, Emmet Place, Father Matthew Street/Fitton Street East, Liberty Street/Cross Street, Castle Street and Daunts Square are all being considered for enhanced pedestrianisation.

Additional one way pedestrianised movement is also likely to be implemented on Tobin Street, French Church Street and Carey’s Lane.

Walkers will also be encouraged to walk on the right while using bridges in the city, such as Mary Elmes Bridge, Shandon Bridge, St Vincent’s Bridge, Trinity Bridge and Nano Nagle Bridge and elbow bumps are being advised for pedestrian push buttons.

Castle street looking towards North Main Street
Castle street looking towards North Main Street

While phase one will see bicycle parking increased areas such as Blackpool, Glanmire, Tower, Blarney, Douglas and Ballincollig, phase two will see City Hall engage with private landowners to possibly install additional bike parking at shopping centres and other locations.

New bike stands are to be located at 43 new locations around the city to encourage people to consider cycling.

The idea of a "Park & Walk" is also being discussed and explored.

Green Party Councillor Oliver Moran said it would appear the councillors are behind the strategy. 

"The update shows how the document is a genuine living strategy. That's very welcome.

“There's massive interest among the public to contribute to these decisions. 

"Scores of people contacted me in the first two weeks of the strategy being published for discussion. 

"Only this morning I forwarded nearly 50 specific suggestions from the public to officials to consider.

"All these measures are to ensure that there's adequate space for everyone to socially distance. 

"Cycling has a part to play in that too. Cycling locally will keep the streets clear and help the local economy. You can begin to see a picture taking shape and the consensus I felt among councillors this evening was behind that."

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