Survey shows that safety is the biggest obstacle to cycling in Cork and not the weather or the hills

Survey shows that safety is the biggest obstacle to cycling in Cork and not the weather or the hills

More than 50% of cyclists encounter cars parked in cycle lanes on almost every trip they take on their bike. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Almost three out of every four people who cycle in the city have safety concerns in relation to their mode of transport, a recent survey of over 600 Cork citizens has revealed.

A total of 606 people took part in the Cork Cycling Campain survey which looked at the attitudes and opinions of cyclists in the Cork Metropolitan area.

The survey found almost 75% of study participants outlined safety concerns as the biggest obstacle they face when cycling in Cork.

This compared with the weather at 9.2% and the hills of Cork on 4.9%.

The ‘Big Cork Cycling Survey of 2019’ showed that over 50% of cyclists encounter cars parked in cycle lanes on almost every trip they take on their bike and almost 60% felt that the Gardaí did not appreciate the risks that people who cycle face on our roads.

Speaking on behalf of the Cork Cycling Campaign secretary of the organisation Conn Donovan said they would be bringing up the issues that they found through the study with the Gardaí and the City Council.

The survey also found that 72% of participants had never contacted or spoken with a councillor, TD or Senator about a cycling issue.

Mr Donovan said that as a democratic society, we need to start asking for what we need.

“If cyclists want to be heard, we need to start ringing councillors and making more of a song and dance about things, I think in a few years a lot of cyclists will be speaking out about the need of infrastructure in Cork. More and more people are voicing their concerns.” 

The study also found that over 215 people (36%) commuted less than 5km one way on their daily journey with another 166 (28%) cycling between 5 - 10km and 140 people (23%) typically cycling more than 15km on a one-way journey.

According to the research, 40% (240 people) used a road bike on their commute with 34% (206 people) using a hybrid, 59 people (9.9%) using a mountain bike and just 20 people using the public Cork Zero bike scheme to cycle.

During dry weather, 257 people (43%) said they dressed for their destination rather than in cycling gear with another 201 (34%) dressing in cycling gear for their commute and 111 (18.8%) wearing hi-viz clothing.

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