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Cork County Council Pedals into Action For Bike Week 2023

Launching a countywide programme for Bike Week Cork 2023, Cork County Council is encouraging people of all ages to get on their bike and to discover the joys of cycling during the week-long celebration. Running from Saturday May 13th to Sunday May 21st, this year’s Bike Week will feature over 250 events organised countywide to mark the many benefits of cycling. 

Bike Week is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get on a bike, get active and have some fun. New and devoted cyclists across Cork County are invited to join in the activities and consider making cycling part of their daily routine as a way of commuting to work, to school or for leisure activities.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins welcomed Bike Week Cork 2023 saying, “it is fantastic to see so many free and fun events organised this year to celebrate Bike Week Cork. The programme has something for everybody with the largest number of events ever organised for Bike Week across Cork. Recent years have welcomed a renewed appreciation of cycling and an increase in the number of people who are choosing to travel by bike. Bike Week is an opportunity to bring together new, occasional and experienced cyclists to promote cycling as a healthy, fun, low-cost and environmentally friendly way to travel.”

Bike Week Cork 2023 highlight events include a community cycle and bike quiz along a section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill Cycleway, a cycle to school event at Scoil Mhuire na nGrást, Belgooly, a lunchtime cycle from the Technology Park in Clonakilty and a West Cork Mystery Buffet Cycle.

James Kirby of Cork Sports Partnership said, “as part of Bike Week Cork 2023 over 250 events are to take place throughout Cork during the weeklong celebration of cycling, following months of collaboration between Cork Sports Partnership, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and multiple Cork cycling organisations, agencies, communities, clubs and schools. Events will include leisure cycles, come and try sessions, bike maintenance workshops, online workshops, podcasts, challenges, competitions and scenic cycles, with events to be held in schools, workplaces, within disability services, youth groups and across communities. This year Bike Week Cork will be offering more events than ever before, and Cork Sports Partnership is delighted to support an ever-increasing variety of events to suit different cycling abilities and interests.” 

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey highlighted plans for increased cycling infrastructure in the county, “cycling has a role to play in making our towns and villages easier to get to and get around, and is a key component to design, planning and place making. Cork County Council, with the support of the National Transport Authority, has received increased funding for active travel projects during 2023, which will deliver improved cycling infrastructure across the county.  This year, Cork County Council will invest over €22 million across a large number of active travel projects, including the completion of further stages of the Dunkettle to Midleton Interurban Cycleway, the commencement of improved cycling facilities in Carrigaline as part of the Carrigaline Transport and Public Realm Enhancement Plan (TPREP), active travel interventions across each of our Municipal Districts and the provision of bike parking facilities, making it easier for people to incorporate cycling into their daily activity.”

“Bike Week Cork 2023 is an opportunity for Cork County Council, together with Cork Sports Partnership, to highlight and promote the many benefits of cycling. We will host a community cycle and bike quiz on part of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill Cycleway, an event made possible thanks to local businesses, schools, and the community in proximity to the cycleway. The Council will also partner with Scoil Mhuire na nGrást, Belgooly, a school participating in the Safe Routes to School Programme, to avail of improved cycle infrastructure in Belgooly, encouraging more sustainable trips by bike to school.” 

Source: Cork County Council

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