Dutch cycling expert to deliver a talk in Cork on planning for people and bikes over cars

Dutch cycling expert to deliver a talk in Cork on planning for people and bikes over cars

The Strategic Mobility Advisor for the Municipality of Utrecht will be in Cork to make a presentation on “Planning for People (& Bikes), Not for Cars”.

A Dutch cycling expert is coming to Cork this week to deliver a talk on planning for people and bikes, not cars.

The Southern Regional Assembly (SRA) in conjunction with Cork City Council and Cork Transport Mobility Forum is hosting a mobility café in Cork City Library as part of European Mobility Week.

The free information event this Friday gets underway at 1.30pm and is open to the public to learn about what is next for Cork City.

The main speaker is Sebastiaan van der Hijden, the Strategic Mobility Advisor for the Municipality of Utrecht who will make a presentation on “Planning for People (& Bikes), Not for Cars”.

In addition, the event will feature speakers from Trinity College Dublin and the National Transport Authority and Jacobs presenting the proposed Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040.

The Cork Environmental Forum will share their views on other improvements required for Cork city in its move to a lower carbon mobility city.

The segregated cycle lanes at Pope's Quay. Planning for cycling and not cars will be discussed at the public talk this Friday. Pic; Larry Cummins
The segregated cycle lanes at Pope's Quay. Planning for cycling and not cars will be discussed at the public talk this Friday. Pic; Larry Cummins

The SRA is also hosting a free “Race Against Rob” event at 11am which will be led by Rob Heffernan, world champion, Olympic medallist and national record holder for the 50km walking race.

Members of the public will “race against Rob” using low carbon transport including cycling, bike hire and public transport.

“These events are a great opportunity for the people of cork to experience travelling around the city and get a real understanding of the future of travel in Cork City and the changes that need to be made,” said Rose Power, EU Projects Officer for the Southern Regional Assembly.

“The Southern Regional Assembly as a partner in the MATCH-UP Interreg project welcomes the opportunity to host such a significant event that has been well supported by the people of Cork with only a couple of places left for these events.

“The aim of the Match-up project is to look at best practice across Europe on how to improve the interchange between low-carbon means of transport, including cycling and walking, and embed these into mobility strategies in our regions and cities,” she added.

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