Serious safety concerns about cycle lane in Glounthaune

An owner of a busy store in Glounthaune says she has serious safety concerns about the layout of a cycle lane in front of her business and is calling on the County Council to make immediate changes.

Kerri O’Neill from Fitzpatrick’s Foodstore is asking the Council to reduce the width of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycleway running in front of the shop from four to three metres and to consider installing a cycle gate at either end.

Kerri has also raised concerns about the reduction in customer parking in the car park between the shop and the road and says the car park should be made one way to avoid the potential for incidents.

Speaking to RedFM News, Kerri O’Neill says an accident is inevitable unless the layout of the cycleway is changed:

“I’ll say when, not if, but when something happens, I at least know I’ve done what I can around it. I’ve asked for this to be changed since January. I’ve been fighting against this to get a better layout. Am I worried about our business? We survived when we were bypassed. We’re here 80 years. I’m not worried about that. If people can’t get to us, we’ll come up with a way to get to them. So I’m not worried. My main thing here is that I still don’t feel like this is the safest layout that could have been done.”

Council response:

Cork County Council say they have and are continuing to engage with stakeholders regarding the design and construction of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycleway.

In a statement to RedFM News the Council say construction on the cycleway, which will connect Dunkettle to Midleton and onto Youghal via the Midleton/Youghal Greenway, is still ongoing.

The Council says they are aware of the temporary upheaval and inconvenience to road users, pedestrians, residents and businesses along the route and say the finished cycleway will have a huge value for locals and tourism in East Cork and will be a safe pedestrian and cycle network.

The Council says all temporary signage, Stop/Go systems and road narrowing will be removed once the works are complete and will be replaced by public realm interventions, permanent signage, road markings and landscaping.

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