Cork’s best cycling routes mapped out for first time

Cork’s best cycling routes mapped out for first time

Sandy McGroarty: “The map is jam-packed with cycling links and popular route times.”

A MAP of Cork’s best cycling routes has been created for the first time.

The city’s Transport and Mobility Forum and the Cork Cycling Campaign have launched the map as part of BikeWeek 2019.

It focuses on the city centre and surrounding suburbs and the best routes to popular destinations.

These include UCC, CIT, Kent Station, Bus Station, Fitzgerald’s Park, and further afield to Mahon Point, Douglas, Bishopstown and Blackpool.

Routes are colour coded by road type, whether segregated, one way, shared with cars and buses, on a quiet road or a greenway.

The maps will help people navigate by bike to work, to school, or to the shops.

For example, it only takes 20 minutes to cycle from the city centre to Mahon, most of which is on the picturesque Old Blackrock Railway line greenway.

The eight greenway routes on the maps are ideal for a stress-free commute, away from traffic, and are perfect places to bring a family out on a cycle.

Sandy McGroarty, the coordinator for the Transport and Mobility Forum Cork (TMF), said: “Cycling around Cork can be made more enjoyable by using the routes suggested on the map which are often safer, quieter and quicker than other routes.

“The map is also jam-packed with extra information on road safety, the benefits of cycling, important cycling links, popular route times and lots more.”

The routes were suggested by regular cyclists based on segregation, quality and connectedness.

While the quality of the city’s cycling infrastructure is variable, the past five years has seen significant improvements with more on the way.

The maps will be updated as cycling infrastructure improves.

The maps were developed by the TMF and Cork Cycling Campaign with the support of Cork City Council and Healthy Ireland.

They will be launched by Cork’s newly appointed Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan at the Passage to Blackrock Castle Observatory Family Fun Cycle tomorrow.

The event is one of many taking place for Bike Week 2019 which runs until June 30.

Now in its 10th year, Cork Bike Week will host almost 100 events all over Cork City and County.

A new addition this year is the Be Safe, Be Seen Tune Trail where cyclists are encouraged to dress up in their most colourful outfits with lots of lights on their bikes.

Popular in Australia, the fun cycle will include a number of stops en route from Fitzgerald’s Park to Blackrock for a break, a chat, music and dance.

Another newcomer is the Bike Anti-Theft stall.

Having a bike stolen is the main reason why people give up cycling and this initiative aims to act as a deterrent against bike theft.

At the Anti-Theft stall cyclists can register bike details — make, model, colour, serial number, unique features — and get a unique anti-theft sticker for their bike.

:: To see a list of all the fantastic free events, check out the website.

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