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Local healthcare workers launch petition calling for new Cork cycleway between hospitals

By Sarah Finnan

June 14, 2020 at 2:24pm


Set up by Irish Doctors for the Environment, the petition already has over 1,200 signatures.

A petition has been launched by Irish Doctors for the Environment (IDE) calling for a Cork Hospital Cycleway to be set up. With many healthcare professionals choosing to cycle to work, busy roads are a concern.

Reduced traffic flow during lockdown showed many what cycling to work on quieter streets would be like, however with life slowly returning back to 'normal', traffic has increased once again and so locals are asking for a safe cycleway to be created. Appealing to local councillors, the Cork City Council and Cork City Hospitals, a post on the Uplift website explains why the initiative is important:

"Imagine cycling safely from Cork University Hospital/Cork University Maternity Hospital to Grand Parade and on to the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, all the while separated from cars and HGV trucks by protective barriers. On the way you pass the Bon Secours Hospital, UCC and the Mercy University Hospital.

Health care workers have always cycled to work, and between the various city hospital campuses. But during the COVID19 pandemic, they were given a glimpse of what it might be like to cycle safely on the then quieter streets.

The traffic is back. Now as lockdown eases we urge Cork City Council to boldly implement measures that will protect us, and all citizens of Cork, who make these journeys.

Clapping for healthcare workers is easy. Making the city better for all citizens requires vision and leadership."

Only launched during the week, the petition has already amassed 1,257 signatures in favour of a Cork cycleway being set up.

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