Cork Cycling Campaign was started in 1999 by people who wanted to make Cork city and county cycle-friendly. Cycling is such a wonderful way of getting around – fast, economical, sustainable, healthy, sociable, & fun! It’s probably the most effective way to reduce your personal energy use and climate impact. Our vision is for Cork to become a great cycling city with many more people cycling as a means of transport. The best and most livable cities place people — pedestrians and cyclists — not motorized vehicles at the centre of urban design. We aim to see these practices adopted in our wonderful city of Cork and its surrounding county.
What do we do?
The Campaign works with local councils, community groups, and other institutions to improve cycling infrastructure and to encourage people to cycle. We make submissions on infrastructure planning proposals to highlight issues relevant to cyclists, organise fun cycling events, develop cycling information and maps, and act as a voice for cycling in the community. Our focus is primarily on everyday cycling – that is, cycling as a form of transport. We also support the development of recreational facilities like greenways. We strive to improve safety for all cyclists and to encourage mutual consideration, understanding, and respect between cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
What about you?
Perhaps you cycle in Cork and think cycling infrastructure could be so much better. Maybe you're tired of cycle lanes that disappear when you need them most. Perhaps you want cycle lanes to be fully segregated from other traffic so that your kids can cycle safely. Or you think traffic laws protecting cyclists should be prioritised and enforced, not ignored. Or maybe you're concerned about how Ireland’s high car-dependence continues to drive climate change?
If these issues are important to you, here are some simple steps you can take:
- Join us – sign up as a member and supporter of the Campaign. It's free! We'll keep you posted on cycling news through our newsletter and social media. There are opportunities for further involvement if you’d like, but there is no obligation to do anything. By joining us, you’ll be adding your voice to ours and helping us advocate more effectively for current (and potential) cyclists.
- Follow and share local cycling news and issues from our Facebook page and Twitter page.
- Meet us: we love to welcome newcomers, so join us at our monthly meeting and find out more about the work we’re doing. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at 7pm. Our meetings have relocated to Crawford and Company, 10 Anglesea Street, as our numbers have ground. Watch this space... and follow us on Facebook! or Twitter for the latest venue.
- Help out with on-going projects: This includes our electronic communications and social media, writing stories for our newsletter, commenting on planning applications in your area, representing us on local community groups and forums, lobbying the councils, and helping with events.
- Take on your particular passion – whether that's cycling infrastructure in your neighbourhood, greenways, enforcement, mobility for the elderly, bike share schemes, cycling to school, local bike festivals, or whatever. Contact us if so and let's explore how we can work together.
- Donate to the Campaign. We operate on a small budget which is used to increase the visibility of cycling locally and to support Cyclist.ie, which is advocating for cyclists at the national level. We are all volunteers, but even small donations help our work to improve cycling in Cork. Click here to go to our donation page!