Green Party wants the cycling section of Cork's new transport strategy to be 'completely rewritten'

Green Party wants the cycling section of Cork's new transport strategy to be 'completely rewritten'

A computer-generated view of Douglas village. The CMATS plan includes proposals for the major upgrade of Cork's bus network.

THE Green Party in Cork has called for the cycling section of the draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy to be completely rewritten.

The strategy, published in May, looks to respond to the projected 50% to 60% population growth in the Cork Metropolitan Area by the year 2040.

The public was invited to make submissions on the plan, which proposes a complete overhaul of transport in Cork.

However, City Councillor Oliver Moran (GP) said the proposed map of primary and secondary cycle routes in the plan includes unsuitable conditions such as routes of 10% and even 20% gradients (near Richmond Hill and Bell’s Field), and routes clearly primarily intended for buses.

“It is vital that the strategy recognises that cyclists follow different routes to motor traffic, rather than the current approach, which appears to tack the cycle network on top of the motor network,” Mr Moran said.

“Concentrating on ensuring local roads are safe for all road-users, taking traffic-calming, cycle lane or other on-street approaches where appropriate, and identifying certain routes as quietways represent some approaches that give the plan clearer purpose.

“Delivering a small number of strategy-critical commuter cycle infrastructure projects, such as a fully-segregated cycle track from Kent Station to Little Island with a spur to Glanmire, coupled with other progressive moves, would benefit pedestrians too by slowing down and deprioritising motorised traffic, the nearer it gets to residential areas. As our population grows, as our city grows, we need to make our city more liveable for all our citizens.”

In addition to Mr Moran’s personal submission, all six Green Party councillors in Cork city and county made a group submission, which focuses on commuter rail and public transport routes as alternatives to personal car use, developing cycling networks between the city and county and more.

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