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Cork City Council,which has spent €10 million on cycling facilities,wants people to hop on their bikes for Bike Week

Cork Bike Week is taking place this week with free events all over the city to encourage people to get out and cycle.

As part of Bike Week, a Mystery History Cycle takes place on Tuesday June 13 from Bishop Lucey Park while there really is such thing as a free lunch on Wednesday. The first 100 cyclists  to arrive at Fitzgeralds Park as part of the ‘Cycle to the Park’ will receive a free lunch at the park’s Natural Bakery. 

On Thursday, An Óige leisurely cycles take place, with three different levels catered for, while a UCC Secret Cycle will be held on Friday. Participants are asked to meet at Áras na Mac Léinn. On Sunday, love is in the air at the hugely popular Tour de Romance where you can enjoy a leisurely cycle, collect love tokens in the treasure hunt and enjoy a barbecue afterwards.

At least €10 million has been spent by Cork City Council over the past five years on making the city a safer and more convenient place to cycle in. 

And many other projects are under development including Phase I of the Ballyvolane to City Centre Cycle Route which is likely to start later this year.

In the past five years, Cork City Council, in conjunction with the NTA, has improved cycling facilities via:

  • €2.01 million spent on the Douglas – City Centre Cycle lane project
  • €2.53 million spent on the UCC- City Centre cycle lane project
  • Cork City Council also contribute  €200,000 towards the successful  Coke Zero Public Bike Scheme.
  • €1.95 million has been spent on the recently-completed Kent Train Station – City Centre route for cyclists, pedestrians and buses.
  • €2.9 million has been spent on Merchants Quay/Parnell Place for improved sustainable transportation infrastructure and improved open space.
  • Ramps are currently being built from the Blackrock Walkway to Mahon so that cyclists can exit the walkway in proximity to Mahon Point.
  • An upgrade of the Blackrock walkway is at preliminary design. This will include expanded cycle facilities, CCTV, road resurfacing and new access points.
  • A project seeking to introduce dedicated cycle and bus lanes on the Skehard Road, Blackrock will commence construction this summer.


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