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Blackrock amenity to be widened

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 9:09am

A local cycling group has welcomed the news that a popular cycle and walkway in Blackrock is set to be widened, the Cork Independent has learned.

Cork Cycling Campaign said it is happy that the Blackrock Railway Walkway and Cycle Path is going to be increased from three to five metres in width.

This work will be part of the upcoming Passage to City Centre Greenway widening and enhancement project, which will be going to Part 8 planning the second quarter of this year.

This came to light at a meeting of Cork City Council on Monday after Independent Cllr Paudie Dineen asked that the council would address the “issue of health and safety” on the walkway and cycle path.

He said: “It has come to light that individuals who use the amenity do not adhere to walking on the left hand side so that others such as cyclists and joggers can pass on the right hand side. This has led to aggressive verbal incidents which could be avoided if everyone had a clear understanding as to which side of the path and cycleway in which to walk, cycle and jog.”

A council report confirmed that the Passage to city centre project aims to widen the greenway to which it says will facilitate the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists. It also includes proposals for new access ramps and public lighting.

Dr Dean Venables from the Cork Cycling Campaign told the Cork Independent: “We absolutely welcome this. This is the type of response that is needed when these types of conflicts arise. This is well used public amenity and transport corridor so it’s good news all round.”

As for claims that some cyclists were using it as if they were competing in the Tour de France, Dr Venables said that it’s not suitable for fast cycling and that this type of cycling should be done on the road.

He explained: “Having people walking with their dogs, prams or on their own in close proximity with cyclists means that it’s not suitable as a very high speed transport corridor so that would exclude the Tour de France type riding which is better suited on the road environment.”

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