Our great cultural miasma — an enthusiasm for making rules, but an absolute aversion to enforcing them — has surfaced in the debate around extending cycle lanes and facilities in Cork city.
The Cork Cycling Campaign says a silent majority of cyclists will not make submissions to the city council on proposals because they have become disillusioned with earlier cycling-centric initiatives.
This centres around policing of cars parking in cycle lanes used by 3,500 cycling commuters in Cork and the 12,000 users of the public bike-share scheme.
The campaign is also unhappy about how the Wilton Road Corridor project was handled and publicised, saying councillors may have been “convinced by the sheer number of objectors” to vote against the proposals.
And there’s the nub of the problem — our incapacity to embrace changes made inevitable by climate change in a way the makes positive outcomes more likely.
The city council can open cycleways, but there needs to be a cultural shift in how non-cyclists regard them.