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Cork City Walking Strategy


A walkable city is not just about walking. A walkable city enjoys greater economy in infrastructure and health care costs, as well as increased footfall that will benefit local businesses. Personal health and fitness levels are greatly increased, reducing cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes. The environmental benefits are seen through the reduced emissions and more compact urban forms, and communities benefit from more vibrant, safer and friendlier streets with stronger social connections.


The Cork Walking Strategyis a 5-year strategy that seeks to enhance a culture of walking, outside the core City Centre, by providing better pedestrian connectivity between settlements, district centres, employment hubs, educational facilities and public transport services. It examines the quality of the existing network of street and neighbourhoods, and analyses Central Statistics Office census data of modal choice for journeys to workplaces and to places of education for journeys up to 2km in length. 


To address the barriers to walking, four focus areas are identified and considered throughout the Walking Strategy.  The first two include the physical aspects of the walking Network that connects origins and destinations throughout the city, as well as the quality and safety of the Neighbourhood Infrastructure for walking at a local level.  The third and fourth include the Behavioural characteristics of residents at a city and neighbourhood level, and the importance of Collaboration between communities, Local Authority Departments and other Statutory Bodies in working together to deliver walking infrastructure and to promote walking.


The Cork Walking Strategy identifies a comprehensive range of projects and initiatives that can be implemented in a phased and coordinated manner to achieve the targets. The Strategy will be used to support applications for grant funding.