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Cork is gearing up for Bike Week 2024, with 300 events across the county
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Cork is gearing up for Bike Week 2024, with 300 events across the county

The week-long cycling celebration runs from Saturday May 11 to Sunday May 19 and includes more than 300 events across County Cork.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the activities and consider making cycling part of their daily routine as a way to travel to work, school or for leisure activities.

Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Frank O’Flynn, said Bike Week is an opportunity to highlight and promote the many benefits of cycling: “92 schools across the county have signed up to host a Bike Week event for 2024, which represents a 50% increase on the 2023 figure. A special Bike Week school webinar will promote cycling safety to over 2,000 schoolchildren and cycling challenges have been organized at various schools.”

Mayor O’Flynn continued: “To raise awareness of the Cycle Bus initiative in Skibbereen, Cork County Council is working with Cycle Sense, five local primary schools and local volunteers to organize a ‘Mega Skibbereen Cycle Bus’. In Carrigtwohill, staff from the Business and Technology Park and local primary school pupils going to Mary Geary’s Childcare after school will get on their bikes. Bike Week is the perfect opportunity to get on your bike, get active and have fun.”

James Kirby, Cork Sports Partnership said: “Bike Week 2024 will be the biggest celebration of cycling in County Cork. The program includes something for everyone, with leisure cycling, bike maintenance workshops, online workshops and resources, challenges and scenic cycling, in addition to events held in schools, workplaces, disability services, youth groups and within communities.”

Valerie O’Sullivan, chief executive of Cork County Council, highlighted the significant investment in cycling infrastructure in the county: “Plans are being implemented that will provide continuous pedestrian and cycle links from Dunkettle to Youghal. Cork County Council has already delivered a significant part of this network with the completed sections of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill inter-urban route.

“In addition, the opening of phase 1 of the Midleton to Youghal Greenway, with further phases opening in 2024, will provide viable sustainable commuting alternatives. “The Cork Metropolitan Walking and Cycling Index (WACI) published earlier this year provides a clear picture of the walking, cycling and cycling opportunities available to our residents and strengthens the case for achieving our ambitious active travel targets,” she added .

In Metropolitan Cork, which includes the towns of Carrigaline, Carrigtwohill, Midleton and Cobh in County Cork, 25% of all residents cycle, while 18% cycle at least once a week.

This amounts to 7 million bicycle trips per year and amounts to 43.4 million kilometers.

A central benefit of more people taking up cycling is their contribution to mitigating our climate crisis. T

The Index shows that 2,100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved annually by cycling instead of driving.

Visit corkbikeweek.ie for more information on all the Bike Week events taking place in Cork County this year