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Cork Bike Week 2017

Wednesday 07 June 2017


                                     (Image: Barry's Photographic Services)


Monday 29th May, City Hall, Cork City, 2017; On Friday last, Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Des Cahill, launched the Cork programme of events for Cork Bike Week 2017. The initiative established by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2009, will take place from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th of June with events taking place nationwide.

This year we are celebrating 200 years of the bicycle! Bikes have come a long way since then and this year Bike Week celebrates the return to popularity of the bike as a great means to get around, get fit and have fun.

Over 70 events are being organised to take place throughout Cork City and County during the week long cycling celebration including leisure and family cycles with local clubs and communities, lunch time cycles, a Cork City history tour and over 30 school events spread throughout Cork City and County.

Speaking at the launch of Cork Bike Week, Maurice O’ Sullivan from Cork Sports Partnership explained how this year’s Cork programme of events was coordinated. “Cork Bike Week 2017 is the result of months of collaboration between multiple Cork organisations, agencies, communities, clubs and schools. Each year Cork Bike Week continues to grow with an ever increasing variety of events to suit different cycling abilities and interests”. We are delighted to support so many locally organised events for this year’s Cork Bike Week and I am sure that this will be the biggest and best one yet”.

Gillian Vaughan from Cork County Council was also present at the launch of Cork Bike Week and highlighted some of the events planned throughout the county “This year’s Cork Bike Week begins a little earlier than usual with the 4 day Clonakilty Bicycle Festival beginning on Thursday 8th June. Events include a cycle around Clonakilty on the town’s white bikes, a leisurely cycle to the beach, a family lunch time cycle to Courtmacsherry and a mystery dinner cycle tour”.


“Another highlight of the week is sure to be Leisureworld Bishopstown’s Family Fun day along the Curraheen River Pathway, which includes a 2km cycle, free family swim, facepainting, bouncy castle and light refreshments on return” said Ms Vaughan. 

For those in and around Cork City during the festival, there are a wide variety of city-based events taking place. Anita Lenihan from Cork City Council, outlined some of the events planned in the city and suburbs. “One of the highpoints of Cork Bike Week each year is the Passage West to Blackrock Castle family fun cycle. Any child who can sit on a bike seat will enjoy the sights and sounds on the spin and in the castle, where there will be FREE exhibit entry, refreshments and fun activities including face-painting and bling your bike”.

Anita added “Another popular event each year is the National Cycle to Work/School Day which will take place on Wednesday the 14th of June. This coincides with a lunchtime cycle to Fitzgerald’s Park, where a free open-air concert will take place and light refreshments will be provided for those who arrive on bikes”.

Other events taking place in the city throughout the week include; a cycling tour of Cork City’s Streetscapes, a UCC secret cycle and the Tour de Romance cycle and Treasure Hunt.

There are a number of new additions to the Cork Bike Week Calendar in 2017 including; The Powder Mills Cycle, a women only cycle from Carrigaline to Robert’s Cove, Lehanmore Community Centre’s 20k cycle and the Cork City to Cobh Cycle.

Cork Bike Week would not be complete without the many school events taking place throughout Cork City and County. Schools from all corners of the city and county will be organising fun events that will encompass cycle days, bling your bike, arts and crafts, cycle training, and much more.

For details of all events taking place in Cork this year see: www.corkbikeweek.ie  


About Cork Bike Week:

National Bike Week was launched in 2009 to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport and physical activity.

The initiative was developed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and continues to grow each year. Cork Bike Week is coordinated by a multi-agency group comprising of Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Cork Sports Partnership, HSE South Health Promotion Department, Cork Cycling Campaign, Cork Environmental Forum, UCC and An Taisce with support from local clubs, groups, communities and schools.

Over 4,484 people of all ages and abilities took part in 54 coordinated Cork events during National Bike Week 2016. Events were organised across city and county involving local authorities, schools, cycling clubs, bike shops and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Cork Events 2017:

Click Here for details of all the Cork events taking place for 2017


Press Contact:

Name: Maurice O Sullivan

Organisation: Cork Sports Partnership

Phone: 021 4347096

Email: mosullivan@corksports.ie  

Web: www.corkbikeweek.ie  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/corkbikeweek  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkbikeweek


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