New signs needed ‘to stop road rage on Blackrock walkway’

New signs needed ‘to stop road rage on Blackrock walkway’

Cork City south central councillor, Paudie Dineen, says the old Blackrock/Mahon walkway needs signage to encourage people to walk on the left and cyclists and joggers to pass on the right. Picture: Denis Minihane

SIGNAGE is needed to put an end to “aggressive verbal attacks” on the Blackrock Railway Walkway and Cycle path.

Independent Councillor for Cork City South-Central, Paudie Dineen, is calling for signs to be erected in the area to encourage people to walk on the left so cyclists and joggers can pass on the right. The councillor put forward the motion to Cork City Council after being approached by a concerned walkway user who said she had been involved in a number of verbal incidents and a witness to many more due to the chaotic traffic on the walkway.

The regular walker said that there were a number of incidents on the walkway because people don’t know what side to walk on.

Mr Dineen said that it was only a matter of time before someone was hit by a bicycle. The issue, he said, could be very easily rectified by signage. “They could paint signs on the tarmac or put up signs along the pathway, but it is a safety concern that there is a lack of direction for walkers using the amenity.”

Mr Dineen said he was asking Cork City Councils Roads and Transport Dept to address the issue of health and safety on the Blackrock Railway Walkway and Cycle path that links up to the estuary walk near Blackrock Castle.

His motion is on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting in City Hall and will be referred to the council's roads subcommittee for a report before returning to the full council for a decision.

“There is currently only one small sign at the start of the walk that gives direction on the priority and I ask that more signage be put in place so that it is clear to all that walking should be on the left-hand side and cycling and jogging be on the right-hand side.”

Mr Dineen said that the walkway is an extremely popular amenity and it will become even busier as the weather improves.

“There are cyclists verbally attacking walkers and the other way round. It is road rage on a walkway. It is easily rectified, all people need is a bit of direction.”

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