All Aboard! ABC Bike Train departing 11-15 June
A Ballincollig-Cork (ABC) Bike Train is a group of people cycling together from Ballincollig to Cork during the morning rush hour. “Passengers” are people who need to get to Cork city centre, UCC, CIT, IDA, or any other places along the route. People disembark the Bike Train whenever they reach their destination.
The Train provides a supportive environment for adults who are interested in cycling to work but feel that they lack bike skills or confidence. Cycling together as a group provides visibility and security. A core group of experienced commuter cyclists who know the route well will demonstrate how to handle different parts of the route and more challenging traffic situations safely and confidently. They will model safe and considerate cycling habits. The group may briefly stop in one or two locations to share advice.
From Ballincollig town centre, the route proceeds along Main Street to the Poulavone Roundabout, along the Carrigrohane Rd (past the turnoff to IDA and CIT on the lovely Curraheen Greenway), through Victoria Cross, and along Western Rd past UCC and the courthouse, and terminating at the Capitol Building / English Market.
Most of the route has on-road or segregated cycle lanes. Connections to other destinations (e.g., CIT, IDA Business Park, Model Farm Rd) off the main route will be pointed out.
While the ABC Bike Train only runs into Cork in the morning, advice on suitable return routes will be provided.
ABC Bike Train departs promptly at 08:20 from outside Dunnes Stores, Main Street, Ballincollig. The Train will run from 11-15 June 2018 during Bike Week. If there is sufficient interest among participants, the ABC Bike Train may continue beyond Bike Week.
Participation is free. Participants need their own bicycles and must know how to ride them. The train will proceed at a leisurely pace. High-vis gear and a helmet would be helpful, but are not essential.