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European Mobility Week 16-20 September

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK is focusing on ‘safe walking and cycling’ and the ways active mobility can benefit our health, environment, and bank balances. The Transport and Mobility Forum will be holding 3 great events on Friday 20th September to show how Cork City and County are moving towards more low-carbon, active mobility.  Tickets for all of the events listed below are available on Eventbrite.


You can start the day by taking part in our fun mobility race through the city ‘Race against Rob’ where the public will compete against World Champion and Olympic Medallist Walker Rob Heffernan using low-carbon means of transport including walking, cycling and public transport. Meet at Kent Station at 11am and finish at Cork City Library on Grand Parade at 12.30pm. Great fun will be had and lots of goodies and refreshments will meet you at the finish line! 


The race is followed by a more relaxing ‘Mobility Café’ in the city Library where sustainable transport experts will discuss many aspects of low-carbon transport and multi-modal interchanges. The Mobility Café will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm with refreshments served afterwards.

Our guest speakers include:

  • Sebastiaan Van Der Hijden, Strategic Mobility Advisor, Municipality of Utrecht, The Netherlands to present “Planning for People (& Bikes), Not for Cars”.
  • Dr Brian Caulfield, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin to present on “Bike Sharing Connecting Mobility and Activity Hubs in Cork”
  • Owen Shinkwin, Senior Planner, National Transport Authority and Kevin Burke, Principal Transport Planner, Jacobs to present the “Draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040
  • Bernie Connolly, Coordinator Cork Environmental Forum, to present “Low Carbon Multi Modal Travel in Cork City”.


PARK(ing) Day – an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform paid parking spots into temporary public parks- will take place again this year around the streets of Cork city and various county towns on Friday 20th September. This year is extra special with the addition of The People’s Parklet and as part of Culture night, Cork Flower Studio will be running a flower arranging event at The People’s Parklet. Come along at 4pm to see a flower arranging demo by the wonderful ladies in Cork Flower Studio.

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