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Transport and Mobility Forum and Cork Cycling Campaign launch Cork’s First Cycle Map during BikeWeek 2019
For the first time, a map of Cork’s best cycling routes has been created. The Cork Cycle Map features the city centre and surrounding suburbs. The map shows the best routes to popular destinations around the city. These include UCC, CIT, Kent Station, Bus Station, Fitzgerald’s Park, and further afield to Mahon Point, Douglas, Bishopstown and Blackpool. Routes are colour coded by road type, whether segregated, one way, shared with cars and buses, on a quiet road or a greenway.
The maps will help people navigate by bike to work, to school, or to the shops. For example, it only takes 20 minutes to cycle from the city centre to Mahon, most of which is on the picturesque Old Blackrock Railway line greenway. That sure beats sitting in traffic! The 8 greenway routes on the maps are ideal for a stress-free commute and are perfect places to bring the entire family out on a cycle.
Cycling has risen faster than any other transport mode in Cork over the last decade. It’s great fun: it saves you money, keeps you fit, is good for the environment and is often the fastest way to get around. It’s about the most effective action you can take to reduce your carbon emissions. Using the cycling network itself promotes building new routes, so tell others about this map.
Sandy McGroarty, coordinator for the Transport and Mobility Forum Cork (TMF), said “Cycling around Cork can be made more enjoyable by using the routes suggested on the map which are often safer, quieter and quicker than other routes. The map is also jam packed with extra information on road safety, the benefits of cycling, important cycling links, popular route times and lots more.”
The routes were suggested by regular cyclists based on segregation, quality and connectedness. While the quality of the city’s cycling infrastructure is variable, the past 5 years has seen significant improvements with more on the way. The maps will be updated as cycling infrastructure improves.
The maps were developed by the TMF and Cork Cycling Campaign with the support of Cork City Council and Healthy Ireland. They will be launched by Cork’s newly appointed Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan at the Passage to Blackrock Castle Observatory Family Fun Cycle this Sunday 23rd June.
Come along to pick up your free map and other great giveaways. This event is oneof many taking place for Bike Week 2019 which runs from the 22nd to 30th of June. To see a list of all the fantastic free events, check out the corkbikeweek.ie website. Maps will also be available free to pick up at various locations around the city or you can find them online here, on www.transportandmobilityforum.com and on www.corkcitycouncil.ie.
Since the 1970s our roads have primarily been designed to accommodate car movement and we have built up a mind-set that road priority is for car users. Our roads should be designed to cater for all road users with priority given to people walking, cycling and using public transport. Now more than ever, cycling in the city can be a way to beat road congestion, free the roads for better public transport, to reduce noise and air pollution and thus have a positive impact on local businesses and a more liveable community.