Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Cork Bike Week

Following the postponement of Cork Bike Week in 2020 due to Covid-19, plans are back in motion to organise the week-long celebration of cycling throughout Cork City and County. 

Cork Bike Week is an integral part of the overall National Bike Week initiative and is coordinated by a multi-agency group comprised of Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Sports Partnership, Transport & Mobility Forum, HSE South-Health Promotion Department, Cork Cycling Campaign, Cork Environmental Forum, UCC and An Taisce.

Each year, Cork Bike Week is supported by numerous community groups, organisations, clubs, schools, workplaces and disability services who organise and take part in events throughout the 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. See links below for event details and for events happening in your area. GET ON YOUR BIKE FOR BIKE WEEK 2021!!

About National 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. Bike Week is organised locally by Local Authorities, Local Sports Partnerships, Community Groups, Clubs, Schools and other interested cycling stakeholders. 

This year promises to continue this growth trend with a great quantity and variety of events for the public to choose from.

For information on events happening in your county, see www.bikeweek.ie.

Bike Week School Events

Cork City Council & Cork County Council have secured funding from the Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism to support a limited number of school cycling events during Cork Bike Week 2020. Cork City Council & Cork County Council are offering your school the opportunity to organise your own National Bike Week event to celebrate cycling within your school and community.  

Funding Availability: Max €250 for School Events and event must be held within the week of Cork Bike Week.

Need ideas?:

Event ideas:

  • Week long cycle festival
  • Family fun cycle
  • Cycle challenge 5km, 10km, 20km … (Couch to 50k) – build up in weeks preceding BW
  • Cycle to Work (record previous weeks commute time & compare to this week, prize for most time saved/ stories/ pictures)
  • Cycle to School
  • Competitions
  • Bike Repair Workshops / Basic bike repair demonstrations
  • Leisure cycling involving community groups (e.g scouts, youth clubs etc.)
  • Cycle for your breakfast/lunch/BBQ /picnic etc.​
  • Colouring, ‘Bling your Bike’ and Bike related photography competitions.
  • Mystery/History/Scenic Tours of area (guided/self-guided) – Discover ‘Place’
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Bike orienteering
  • Women Only events
  • Group cycles: active retirement groups, nursing homes, work colleagues (lunchtime fitness) etc.
  • Close a street for a bike festival with Balance Bikes, Jenga, Bling your bike, Soccer etc. (involve traders)
  • Cycling skills course
  • Restaurant bike crawl
  • Mountain bike rides
  • Road rides
  • Tandem Bike events for the visually impaired etc.
  • Cycling events for children/adults with a physical/intellectual disability
  • Dawn Cycle – ‘Darkness into light’ type event
  • Bikes available to try, electric bikes, cargo bikes, tandem, folding, trailers, child carriers etc.
  • Donate unused/unwanted bike (local bike shop repairs, then donate to good cause such as local refugee centre)
  • Movie/documentary screening of cycling related content.

Other considerations:

  • Consider entertainment: band/music, performers, face painters, carnival entertainers.
  • Consider stands: bike displays, maintenance, repair demo, cycling information.
  • Consider events showcasing new/existing infrastructure/facilities: greenways, cycle lanes, national parks, bike parking, public bike schemes.
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