Cyclists to protest the persistent blocking of Cork’s bus and cycle lanes

Cyclists to protest the persistent blocking of Cork’s bus and cycle lanes
Kerbing is installed on Washington Street to protect the cycle lanes and prevent vehicles from parking on it. Picture Dan Linehan

ROAD users are being urged to support a demonstration outside City Hall on Monday about the persistent blocking of bus and cycle lanes across the city.

Calls to install barriers along some of Cork’s busiest streets are to be considered by City Hall amid complaints that the local authority is not doing enough to prevent vehicles parking on cycle lanes.

The Cork Cycling Campaign is calling on the public to join them at their rally outside the local authority’s next meeting, a move they say is motivated frustration at the “lack of action on the behalf of the city council to install hard engineering solutions to protect certain cycle lanes from illegal parking”.

Last month, the council revealed that its wardens issued 120 fines in 2018 to vehicles parked in cycle lanes.

Popes Quay also has kerbing to protect sections of the cycle lanes. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Popes Quay also has kerbing to protect sections of the cycle lanes. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Conn Donovan of the Cork Cycling Campaign said the group has “asked the council to take steps to protect these cycle lanes and very little has been done to date”.

The Green Party has called on all Cork road users to support the demonstration at 5pm on Monday, saying the interests of cyclists are shared by motorists and public transport users who also want to see less congestion in the city.

Speaking ahead of the demonstration, Oliver Moran, the Green Party candidate in the Cork City North East ward, said: “There’s enormous frustration among cyclists and public transport users at the persistent blocking of bus and cycle lanes by a minority of people. The truth is that these people make traffic worse for everyone.

“Blocking bus lanes makes public transport less reliable. Blocking cycle lanes makes cycling to work more dangerous.

“These are the reasons more people don’t take the bus or cycle in the city. So by blocking bus and cycle lanes, all they are doing is adding to congestion for everyone.”

“There’s an attitude among some people that it’s ‘just for a minute’ or that they have some important business to do that makes it okay for them. Holding people up by parking in bus lanes or putting people in danger by parking in cycle lanes simply isn’t on.”

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