Group 'baffled' by narrowing of cycle lane to accommodate bus stop in Cork city centre

Group 'baffled' by narrowing of cycle lane to accommodate bus stop in Cork city centre
The point where the cycle lane was narrowed in Parnell Place.

“Baffled” is how the Chair of the Cork Cycling Campaign, Conn Donovan, said he was feeling after seeing the cycle lane on Parnell Place has been narrowed to facilitate a bus stop.

The new bus stop, which is located opposite the bus station, was implemented over the past few weeks and unveiled in recent days causing uproar on social media.

Speaking about the revelation, Mr Donovan said: “The Campaign was disappointed to learn, via social media that a large section of a cycle lane on Parnell Place appears to have been removed to facilitate a bus stop.

“It's vital that the bus system is improved in Cork to help the shift towards sustainable and active travel but many people are scratching their heads looking at the way this particular bus stop was designed.” 

Discussing the new infrastructure, Mr Donovan said there were concerns that the new, narrower cycle lane could lead to a collision.

Conn Donovan, chair, Cork Cycling Campaign.Picture Denis Minihane.
Conn Donovan, chair, Cork Cycling Campaign.Picture Denis Minihane.

“It looks like the remaining section of the bike lane going northbound is barely wide enough to fit a bicycle and we'd have concerns that the new design could lead to a collision.” 

The Chair of the Cork Cycling Campaign said that it did not make sense in the wider scheme of the city to implement these changes.

“Over €5m was spent on the Mary Elmes Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge but now less than 200 metres away, the only cycle route going to the bridge has been reduced in size.

“It's baffling, to be honest, but at this stage, I'm not sure anyone is surprised given some of the design and decisions that have come out of City Hall recently regarding bike infrastructure.” Cork City Council were not available for comment at the time of going to print.

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