‘No time for pedestrians to cross busiest roads’

There have been calls for a review of pedestrian crossing times in Cork City following complaints that people aren’t being given enough time to cross some of its busiest roads.

Cllr Henry Cremin (SF) led the call last night after officials turned down his request to lengthen the timing of the ‘green man’ lights at Dennehy’s Cross — between Cork University Hospital and University College Cork — in the western suburbs.

Mr Cremin had asked officials to examine the timing of the pedestrian crossing lights here after the daughter of an elderly man complained to him that her father was finding it increasingly difficult to cross the road in the allotted time.

Mr Cremin told last night’s city council meeting that he visited the junction himself to time the pedestrian lights.

He said on one occasion, pedestrians were given 17 seconds to cross, but on another crossing, they were given just 14 seconds.

He told councillors that just wasn’t enough time for some elderly and more vulnerable road users to get across what is one of the city’s busiest junctions.

In a report to council, the city’s head of roads and transportation, Gerry O’Beirne, said the Dennehy’s Cross junction had been inspected and that the total crossing time comprising the green man, flashing green man, and all red clearance complies with the recommended code of practice.

Mr Cremin said it needed to be reviewed again and he called for other junctions to be considered too.

People following the council debate on Twitter said they have experienced similar problems with inadequate pedestrian crossing times in other parts of the city, including the junction between North Main St and North Gate Bridge, and between Lapps Quay and Port of Cork’s Custom House.

Separately, a reduced speed limit of 30km/h is to be introduced at Silverheights Rd and Boherboy Rd on the city’s northside.

It follows complaints from several local representatives about the speed of traffic in the areas.

In a report to councillors, Mr O’Beirne said surveys have shown the speed of traffic in the area is sufficiently low for the introduction of a reduced limit to work.

Lower speed limits are only introduced in areas where the speeds are already low enough for the lower limit to be effective.

However, Cllr Terry Shannon (FF) warned against the blanket introduction of 30km/h speed zones across suburban Cork. He told the council meeting he drove along Skehard Rd recently at 30km/h and said: “You could walk faster.”


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