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Cork Bike Week 2011

National Bike Week was launched in 2009 to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport. Cork Bike Week 2011 looks to add to the success of previous Bike Weeks by creating even more opportunities for more people in Cork to participate in cycling throughout Bike Week. Bike Week 2011 will take place from 18th – 26th of June.

Cork Bike Week is an integral part of the overall National Bike Week initiative and is organised by a multi agency group comprised of The Cork Local Sports Partnership, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Cycling Campaign, Cork Environmental Forum and the HSE South, Health Promotion Department.

Speaking at the launch of Bike Week in Cork, Michael Crowley, Coordinator at the Cork Local Sports Partnership highlighted the objectives of Cork Bike Week 2011.

“We are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get involved in this years Bike week events. We have increased the number of events on offer to the public and hope that more people will get involved as a result.” 

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Pictured above: L-R: Fiona Meade- winner of the Women’s National League, Halford Cycle Series Champion and International cycling competitor, Eileen Coleman, Cork County Council, Michael Crowley Cork Sports Partnership, Anita Lenihan, Cork City Council and Claire Deasy, HSE.

Anita Lenihan, Cork City Council was enthusiastic about having such a comprehensive Bike Week Calendar to Cork for 2011.

“We are delighted that so many people have come on board this year to organise events in their local areas. There is a great variety of different cycling events organised and spread throughout the City and County and I would encourage people to join us and get involved in our events throughout the week”

Eileen Coleman, Cork County Council outlined some of big events taking place throughout Cork City and County for the week. 

“Bike Week starts on Sunday 19th June at 11am with a family fun cycle from Carrigaline to Crosshaven and culminates in a final family fun event on Sunday 26th June at 11am travelling from Passage West to Blackrock Castle.  This will be followed by a fun afternoon and party with refreshments, entertainment and bike workshops available in the castle.”

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Pictured above: L-R: Michael Crowley, Cork Sports Partnership, Eileen Coleman, Cork County Council, Fiona Meade- winner of the Women’s National League,  Anita Lenihan, Cork City Council and Claire Deasy, HSE.

Other events organised throughout the week include:

  • A lunchtime cycle through Cork City Centre on Wednesday 22nd June at 1pm departing from Albert Quay House.
  • A historical Cycle through Cork leaves the Grand Parade at 7 pm on Thursday 23rd of June and
  • The Big Bike Ride 2011 on Friday 24th of June  which will feature six Cork County Council Engineers who will cycle to every Town Council and Area Office in Cork to raise awareness of Downs Syndrome Ireland, the Tour de Munster Charity Cycle and cycling generally within the Council.

Throughout the week there will also be various events happening in local schools and communities including children’s art competitions and discounts offered to cyclists at city centre shops.

For more information on all the events taking place in Cork for Bike Week 2011 see  

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