A dedicated inbound cycle lane that forms part of a plan in the Horgan’s Quay area has been green-lit by councillors, and the project could go out to tender within the next ten days.
The Horgan’s Quay Improvement Scheme will now see the provision of an inbound cycle lane on Water Street and Horgan’s Quay to complement the existing lane on Lower Glanmire Road and Penrose Quay, which effectively comes to a sudden stop at Water Street.
The proposed cycle lane will then connect with the existing bus and cycle lanes at Kent Station.
A report from City Hall states that the 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 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.
Green Party Councillor Oliver Moran welcomed the plans.
“This is a welcome completion of a scheme linking the Lower Glanmire Road in-bound to the city centre. It takes onboard a lot feedback from cyclists and pedestrians, both from this and previous public consultations. In particular that the cycle lane will be segregated from motor traffic. Also small but important steps like making sure pedestrians and cyclists have priority over vehicles entering and exiting a side entrance off Water Street,” Councillor Moran said.
"The overall vision is to see cycle infrastructure linking the city centre all the way to Little Island and Glanmire. A scheme like this serves the Middle Glanmire Road and regeneration of the docklands around the railway station right now. In the bigger picture, we can see that wider plan slowly coming into reality.
“This section is one piece of groundwork for that. Officials have confirmed to me too that works in Glanmire are still on course to begin in September, despite COVID19. The county council is also progressing with works on the far side of the Dunkettle to Little Island,” Mr Moran added.