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Get moving for European Mobility Week 16-22 September 2018

 

European Mobility Week 2018

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK (EMW) is the largest Europe-wide awareness-raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility. The campaign is an initiative of the European Commission and runs each year from 16th to 22nd September.

The objective of the campaign is to achieve positive behavioural change towards cleaner and more intelligent transport choices. It provides the perfect opportunity to present sustainable mobility alternatives to local stakeholders.

The theme for this year is Multimodality, with a slogan of Mix and Move.

We need to look at the different modes of travel available for the variety of journeys we take every day and EMW prompts us to rethink the way we move around cities and to try out different ways to get to our destinations.

Why not try active modes and get the health benefits at the same time? Recent research shows that many children and adults are not getting enough exercise, leading to obesity and other health issues.

What’s happening in Cork?

The City Council works closely with other partners on the Cork Transport and Mobility Forum to encourage people to walk, cycle or take the bus, and in doing so be kinder to the environment and be fitter and happier into the bargain. Some of the initiatives we are undertaking are:

  • EU Social Biking: A new initiative from the European Commission to encourage cycling as a social habit - it runs for 3 weeks starting on 16th Sep.  The BikePrints app is downloadable and tracks journeys, awarding additional points for shared journeys. Lots of prizes. More info on https://socialbiking.jrc.ec.europa.eu/#/start
  • Highlighting CCMS which is about getting a better balance between the different transport modes in the city, the current phase involves bus priority on St Patrick’s Street in the afternoons.
  • Highlighting infrastructure under construction that will benefit the city such as the Harley St pedestrian and cyclist bridge
  • Highlighting the access ramp to the old railway line at Citygate, Mahon making access much easier now for pedestrians and cyclists
  • PARKing Day on Friday 21st, transforming parking spaces into parklets for the day with 7 individual projects on South Mall, McCurtain St, Western Road, Douglas St.
  • Additional car share vehicles and parking facilities being launched for GoCar, which can offer a solution to the need for occasional use of a car https://www.gocar.ie/
  • Rebel Pedal on Saturday 22nd Sep, coordinated by Cork Environmental Forum, is  a great family fun event starting at Fitzgerald’s Park at 11.30 with great entertainment afterward in the park.
  • Installation of a public bike pump outside City Hall to facilitate cyclists.

All in all, a great line up of events to create and raise awareness of sustainable travel throughout the city and beyond.

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