MATCH-UP “Race Against Rob” – 20th September 2019

The role of modal Interchange to foster low carbon mobility.

MATCH-UP focuses on the optimisation of travel hubs – that is the places where people change between low carbon transport modes – Walking/Cycling, Public Transport, Rail Transport and Green Vehicles.  This project aims to improve these interchanges at local level to improve public transport by learning from our Interregional partners.

The Southern Regional Assembly as a partner in the MATCH-UP project along with our Stakeholders Cork Transport Mobility Forum and Cork City Council wish to invite the public to join us in celebrating the progress Cork City has made in achieving significant improvements in low carbon modal interchange in the city.

To showcase these improvements we will be hosting a “Race Against Rob” during European Mobility Week on 20th September 2019 in Cork City.   World Champion, Olympic Medallist and National Record Holder for the 50km walking race – Rob Heffernan a native of the real capital of Cork will be leading the race.  Rob is a community and youth ambassador and will be joined by a number of transition year students to highlight the 2019 European Mobility Week theme “Walk with Us!” – focusing on safe walking and cycling and the ways active mobility can benefit our health and environment.    

The public will “Race against Rob” using other low carbon means of transport including cycling, bike hire and public transport.  The race will commence at the newly refurbished transport hub at Kent Train Station at 11.30 and will include a number of routes between 5km and 11km around Cork City with the finish at Cork City Library on the Grande Parade. 

The route will include crossing the new Mary Elmes pedestrian and cycle-bridge and will highlight the pedestrian and cycle infrastructure upgraded in recent years.    

To join us and experience improved modal interchange in Cork City and register for this event please sign up by CLICKING on Eventbrite.  Places are limited so please register as soon as possible.  We look forward to seeing you all at our European Mobility Week “Race Against Rob”. 

MATCH-UP, a four and a half-year, 5-partners project was approved for a grant of €0.9m by the Interreg Europe Programme and commenced in July 2018 at a meeting in Bologna. The partnership consists of 4 European regions – Southern & Eastern Ireland, County of Northeim, Germany, Municipality of Funchal, Portugal and Timisoara Municipality, Romania who are working together to share experience, solutions, and good practice to develop and deliver better public policy to reduce carbon emissions and support low carbon urban mobility in designated urban centres.  

MATCH-UP is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund and led by the University of Bologna in Italy. 

For more about the MATCH-UP project go to

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