Revealed: Details and timelines of City Hall's plan to tranform Cork's cycling network

Revealed: Details and timelines of City Hall's plan to tranform Cork's cycling network
People cycling at the Marina 

CITY Hall has detailed a raft of measures in the pipeline to make Cork more friendly for cyclists and pedestrians.

The measures include the expansion of the public bike scheme, works beginning on the ambitious Lee to Sea greenway, and proposed temporary cycling and walking measures.

Officials have outlined timelines for schemes due to go to construction and those going to public consultation in the near future.

The tender for the Horgan’s Quay scheme, which will see a segregated inbound cycle lane along the Lower Glanmire Road, is closing on June 12.

Tenders for the Skehard Road scheme, which will see improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, including an inbound cycle lane and bus lanes, closed on June 5.

Works for Harbour View Road are also tendering this month.

Phase 1 of the Lee to Sea Greenway, from the Marina to Mahon, is expected to go to tender in August. 

Cycleway plans for Cork city: Blue are tender stage, green are temporary measures and red are planning stage
Cycleway plans for Cork city: Blue are tender stage, green are temporary measures and red are planning stage

That will see widening, new access points, seating and planting along 2.5km of cycle way. 

The design and planning of Phase 2 will be undertaken alongside Phase 1 construction work. 

The local authority has issued tenders for consultants to progress the design from Mahon to Passage West.

Works for the Model Farm Road to Carrigrohane Road cycleway will be tendered in early Autumn, which will see improvements along 3km of cycling infrastructure. 

This is expected to be followed by an upgrade from Model Farm Road to Curraheen.

Other projects in the pipeline include the Togher Public Realm, expected to be tendered in early Autumn, and road improvements at Glanmire where tender packages are being prepared.

Tenders for the Grange Road to Tramore Valley Park cycle track are expected to be ready by October, and tender documents are expected to be ready for the Ballybrack cycling infrastructure around the same time.

A number of pedestrian improvements which include junction upgrades and new pedestrian crossings have been confirmed. 

Works at Bakers Road have been tendered and will commence shortly, while works at Deanrock Junction will be tendered this month.

Three major schemes in Cork city are set to go to public consultation shortly - the MacCurtain St STI Scheme, the Docklands to city route and South Douglas Road.

Part 8 proposals for bus, walking, cycling and public realm improvements in the MacCurtain Street area will be published this month. 

It’s expected to lay out proposals for significantly reduced traffic on the street with new segregated cycling facilities across the northern channel of the River Lee.

Segregated cycle lanes and new pedestrian facilities on the Docklands route to the city are ready to tender, subject to planning, while the proposals for works for the mini roundabout replacement and new pedestrian and cycle links in the South Douglas Road area will be published in September.

Temporary measures are also being considered, which includes the installation of separate cycle lanes on McSweeney Quay to Centre Park Road, outbound on Centre Park Road, Monahan Road inbound, Melbourne Road, Vicars Road, the upper section of Dublin Hill, South Mall, Ringmahon Road, Harbour View Road, Boreenmanna Road, the outer section of Old Mallow Road, part of Glen Avenue, and the western section of the North Ring Road.

The NTA has confirmed that the public bike scheme will be extended with 11 new docking stations.

It will see enhanced connectivity to South Docklands, UCC, CUH, and CIT, with tenders to be issued for enabling works over the coming months.

The additional docking stations will be located at: County Hall, Mardyke Walk, Gaol Walk, Brookfield, Dennehy’s Cross, CUH, Albert Quay, West/Victoria Rd, Connaught Avenue, Kenley, Model Farm Rd and CIT.

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