Cycling is taking off in a big way in Cork! There has been strong and continuing growth in the number of people cycling all year round. The official launch of the Coke Zero public bike scheme in 2015 has boosted cycling in the city, and the city and county councils continue to expand cycling links and infrastructure with your help. Although the cycle network is fragmented and poor in places, there are examples of segregated cycling infrastructure. In short, facilities in the Cork metropolitan area are adequate for many adults to get going on their bikes.
Is the infrastructure good enough? One way to assess the quality of a cycle network is to ask the question: is there a convenient route that would be acceptable for a child to cycle with minimal adult supervision? In essence, that means dedicated infrastructure that clearly and consistently separates cyclists from motorised vehicles and pedestrians. That is clearly not the case in Cork (or anywhere in Ireland), but we believe that this is the standard that should be adopted and rolled out in Cork.
Public Bike Sharing
Cork's public bike sharing system in the heart of the city has been a great success. The scheme hit 1,000,000 trips in three years of operation — an excellent performance for a small city. It's a great scheme and we believe that there is a strong case to be made for further expansion (see our proposals here). See the Coke Zero Bike website for details on how to sign up, locations of stations, and so forth.
Cork Cycling Map
For the first time, a map of Cork’s best cycling routes has been created and launched during Bike Week 2019. 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. Download the map now for free here: Cork Cycle Map.
This shows issues already raised. Cork Cycling Campaign hopes to address these issues with the relevant bodies. Suggested cycling routes are also shown.
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More useful Links
Do you want to know more about cycling? We have a selection of very useful links here.