CYCLISTS may soon be able to easily wheel their bicycles up Patrick’s Hill's steps as part of proposals being put to City Hall.
Green Party councillor Oliver Moran has asked the council to investigate the possibility of installing special cycle wheeling ramps on the steps at Patrick's Hill between Bridge Street and Wellington Road in order to promote the use of Wellington Road as a cycle quiet way and the pedestrian steps connecting Clifton Terrace and the Lower Glanmire Road in order to improve uphill cycle connectivity between the Kent Station and the St Luke's area.
Wheel ramps are commonplace in many UK, European and North American cities and allow cyclists to easily get up steps without having to carry their bikes.
They are also widely used for pedestrian railway and road crossings and in subway stations.
City Hall director of operations Valerie O’Sullivan said the council will examine the possibility of cycle ramps in the area under local authority plans to update the city’s road infrastructure on a phased basis.
“The next phases of the City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) will include the area at Patrick’s Hill between Bridge Street and Wellington road. The proposal for cycle wheeling ramps in this area will be sent to the Infrastructure Development team for inclusion in the assessment of the area for CCMS.
“The installation of cycle wheeling ramps the pedestrian steps connecting Clifton Terrace and the Lower Glanmire Road will be assessed. Any appropriate solutions will be put forward for consideration to be included in the roads programme, subject to available funding and resources," Ms O'Sullivan added.
The National Transport Authority-driven Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy envisages that 19.5 million trips will be made by cyclists across the city by 2040 and proposes 200km of primary cycle networks, the expansion of the bike-sharing scheme and other facilities for cyclists.