Cycling is a healthy and sustainable way of travelling around the city and can often be quicker than driving a car over shorter distances in the congested inner city streets! As Cork is luckily a compact city, many local, daily journeys are easily made by bicycle.
However, encouraging cycling in Cork requires a range of measures including the introduction of physical improvements to the local road network for cyclists (in parallel to car restraint measures), the development of cycling facilities and the increase of driver and cyclist awareness.
As Cork City Council recognises the importance of cycling in the development of an Integrated Transport System, it commissioned transportation consultants in order to develop a safe and comprehensive cycle network in Cork City and its environs. Consequently, the Cork City Cycling Strategy was formally adopted in 2004 to increase bike use while reducing accidents involving cyclists. Substantial investment is underway in the city's cycle network and facilities.
This report can be downloaded by selecting the link below.Cycling Strategy (PDF)(36KB)
Cycle Audit is a systematic process, applied to planned changes to the transport network, which is designed to ensure that opportunities to encourage cycling are considered comprehensively and that cycling conditions are not inadvertently made worse.
In short, Cycle Audit is used to examine new road schemes for cycle-friendliness. It involves the auditing of schemes at various stages of design and implementation.
The introduction of good quality cycle parking is a key element in favor of a cycling-friendly environment. Cycle parking spaces are provided at all major destinations, including schools and other educational sites, hospitals, large employment sites, public transport interchanges, leisure attractions and many others.
Cork City Council continues to install new bicycle stands for any new developments and existing built-up areas.
The Cycling Policy Guidance Note is available hereunder:Cycle Policy Guidance Note(191KB)
The recommended cycling routes make the best use of existing cycling lanes and roads as well as facilities (bicycle racks, etc.), while sharing roads with cars when the cycling network is interrupted.
The recommended cycling routes link the main areas / key institutions of Cork (third level education sits, hospitals, business parks, outlets, neighbourhoods, etc.) to the city centre and allow a pleasant, fast and safe commuting trip by bike.
The map of recommended cycling routes in Cork is actually in preparation with an expected issue on this website in 2008.
Cork City Council is promoting cycling awareness and bicycle use and by developing a vast range of activities and shows with local partners:
Cork Environmental Forum and Cork City Council are delighted to report that the 2009 Rebel Pedal bicycle parade which took place on Saturday morning the 19th of September was once again a great success.
The event was the main event of Cork’s European Mobility Week activities and attracted a group of 400 riders to dress up, ring their bells and toot their horns for cycling in the city.
Lord Mayor Dara Murphy and Senator Dan Boyle were on hand to launch the parade this year on the eve of the Rebel County’s clash with Kerry in the All-Ireland final.
This annual procession, now in its 9th year since it began as a small Cork Environmental Forum bike ride around the city, is aimed at promoting the cycling community and culture. A crowd of onlookers were drawn to the start line on Oliver Plunkett St. where they saw a huge throng of colour and noise as experienced and occasional cyclists and their families came out in large numbers for a fun and high-spirited ride around the city centre. The 45 minute parade ended at the Atlantic Pond where a picnic party and entertainment awaited and endured long into the evening.
European Mobility Week took place simultaneously in hundreds of cities around the continent this week where millions of Europeans took part in a wide range of activities coordinated by local authorities dedicated to the promotion of sustainable mobility.
For more information about the Rebel Pedal or Cork Environmental Forum please contact:
Cork Environmental Forum
Telephone: 021 465 1734 / 086 361 9139
Many stories were submitted for the Joy of Cycling Story Telling Competition. The winning adult and children stories can be viewed below -
Various organisations in Cork are working in favor of cycling.
Cork Cycling Campaign is working to encourage cycling and to represent the interests of Corkonian cyclists day after day:
Cork Community Bikes is developing a do-it-yourself bike workshop for the community to use; their work aims to salvage unwanted bicycles from the waste stream, repair them and resell them as well as to promote the use of bicycles:
The local branch of “An Óige” organises free-of-charge group cycles on a regular basis in Cork and its surroundings:
The An Óige Cork - Kerry Regional Group Programme 2008 - 2009 can be downloaded by selecting the link below:
Please contact us for more information:
Transportation Planning and Management Division,
Tel: 021 492 4657
Fax: 021 492 4782