The Lee to Sea would be regularly used by a huge number of people. 200,000 people live or work within easy walking and cycling distance of the Lee to Sea Greenway; it is within a short drive of a further 200,000. And that’s not even counting visitors to Cork!
The L2S incorporates some of Cork city and county’s best-known and much loved leisure paths. Even greater use would be expected with a connected, high quality route. It would be longer, more diverse, and more interesting, whether for people out for a stroll, runners and athletes, families out for a Sunday afternoon cycle, people walking their dogs, rollerbladers, and bird watchers or nature lovers enjoying our local wildlife. And the L2S could be the ideal way to get to enjoy a meal at a restaurant or a chat with friends in a café, whether that’s in the city or county.
Cork has a good tourist offering: an exciting and vibrant city centre, a beautiful harbour and landscape, and a rich historical legacy. But these are widely spread out and not easily accessible for tourists (or locals). For instance, key parts of the region’s military-historical legacy — Camden-Fort Meagher, Spike Island, and the Ballincollig Powdermills — are separated by tens of kilometres. The L2S provides an attractive, fun, and active way for visitors to get to and experience these attractions. With the public bike-sharing scheme in the city and a route that runs past many hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in the city, the L2S would help visitors enjoy all that Cork has to offer.
The L2S would make active commuting a realistic and attractive commuting option for many people. And its proximity to the central bus and train stations also facilitates mixed-mode commuting from further afield, such as bus or rail followed by walking or cycling. It links many of Cork’s residential areas with major employment and educational destinations, including:
- many small, medium and large business employers in the city and county
- city centre retailers and businesses
- Cork’s largest third level colleges & research institutes
- national and secondary schools
- music venues, Fitzgerald Park and sports clubs
- the Docklands strategic development zone
Moreover, the L2S would contribute towards a less polluted, more attractive, and more livable city. That in turn will make Cork more competitive, helping employers attract and retain top talent.