‘Make Cork bike-friendly to fight climate change’

‘Make Cork bike-friendly to fight climate change’

Anne and Dean Venables, Cork Cycling Campaign, and Matt Jones, Cork Environmental Forum and Cork Cycling Campaign. Picture: Denis Minihane

THE Cork Cycling Campaign has called on the Government and local authorities to encourage cycling in the city to combat global warming.

This week, a UN report warned that unprecedented changes are needed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C and endangering the population.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report claims the world is not on track to meet the 1.5C limit. “The IPCC report is the most urgent call yet from scientists to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said a spokesperson for the Cork Cycling Campaign. “The report emphasises the huge difference between limiting warming to 1.5 or to 2 degrees Celsius.”

Global warming of up to two degrees is predicted to result in dangerous weather events, critical climate change, and increased economic and social costs, according to the IPCC report. Sharp cuts in carbon emissions must be made by 2030, and by 2050 there must be net zero carbon emissions.

“With the IPCC sounding the alarm, a strong rationale to promote cycling is that cycling is the only feasible transport mode for short and intermediate trips that has zero emissions,” the spokesperson added.

“For many personal journeys, we need not wait until 2030, or 2050, to achieve zero carbon emissions. Regrettably, cycling infrastructure remains poor, fragmented, and is widely abused by other road-users. This is a disincentive to start cycling.”

The CCC has called on the Irish Government, and Cork’s city and county councils, to allocate 10% of the land transport budget to cycling, make cycling an integral part of the transport system and Cork’s City Centre Movement Strategy, and to design, maintain, and enforce a safe, high-quality cycle network in Cork city and county.

The campaign said that the infrastructure in Cork City does not favour sustainable travel modes. “Nevertheless, while the cycling infrastructure in Cork and Ireland is lacking, cycling is already a feasible and, often, attractive transport choice,” the spokesperson said.

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