Mix Your Mode 2016

Cork commuters urged to join the Mix Your Mode movement

 

DKANE 13/03/2015REPRO FREE in Kent Station for the launch of Cork Mix Your Mode Week.Cork Mix Your Mode Week starts on 23rd March and gets us thinking about different travel choices especially with the nice bright mornings now  – maybe leave the car at home for at least one morning and instead take the bus, train or bike or get the Park & Ride and let some else worry about parking. Check out the timetables and you could be pleasantly surprised.Pic Darragh Kane

Mix Your Mode’s public awareness campaign runs from the 11th – 17th April 2016.

The campaign is an initiative of the Transport and Mobility Forum that encourages the use of alternative and sustainable modes of transport.

In a society dominated by single occupant vehicles, now more than ever, there is a greater emphasis on the importance of mixing our modes of transport to become more competitive as an economy.

By choosing to use sustainable transport such as; walking, cycling, carpooling and catching a train or bus to school, college, work or for leisure, people can make significant savings and lead healthier lifestyles while reducing their carbon footprint

A number of fun and exciting events will take place throughout Mix Your Mode week, including a competitive challenge, the Race to Cobh, on Friday 15th April. People  will race by different modes including bus & train, cycle & ferry and cycling from the City Centre to Cobh. Do get in touch if you wish to join in the competition.

There will also be Cycle Safety Training on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning at Connaught Avenue. A lunchtime cycle from the Mercy Hospital to Cork University Hospital on Wednesday starting at 1pm sharp from the Bike Scheme station at the Mercy, will give people an opportunity to try out a quieter route, some intermediary pick up points will operate along the route.

This year there will be “Thoughts for the Day” focusing on a different mode of Transport each day of the week, commencing with the theme of travelling by Bus. Stephan Koch, Chairperson of the Transport and Mobility Forum, encouraged all those who can to join the Mix Your Mode movement – “Cork city and county has a diverse range of good quality and reliable transport services that give commuters many alternative options to travelling alone by car. The Forum is dedicated to helping not just commuters but communities to successfully improve the sustainability of their transport networks which will result in a more vibrant, liveable and sustainable city and county to live and work in.”

If you are already mixing your mode to commute we would love to hear from you as you may wish to be an ambassador for sustainable commuting.

There will also be opportunities during the week to avail of some giveaways such as daily Park & Ride Vouchers and LEAP Cards for Under 16s courtesy of Cork City Council and Bus Eireann. 

Follow us on Twitter @tmfCork #MixYourMode2016  or

http://www.facebook.com/operationtransportation  for more updates and information.

Mix Your Mode Journey Planner

To coincide with the start of Mix Your Mode week, on Monday 23rd March 2015, Cork County Council launched their new website based Journey Planner.  Developed through the EU Atlantic Area funded BATTERIE project, the Mix Your Mode Journey Planner located at www.mixyourmode.ie is optimised for use on mobile devices such as smartphones. It allows for the planning of a trip by public transport, cycling or with the use of an electric vehicle either in real-time or at a defined departure time. The Journey Planner embodies the message of Cork’s Transport and Mobility Forum’s Mix Your Mode campaign which encourages people to try a more sustainable mode of travel.IMG_1955

This is the first Journey Planner specific to Cork that allows you to choose between the modes of transport you want to use, informing that decision with a carbon emissions calculator.

The software behind the journey planner allows for the regular updating of mapping and other data as more and more infrastructure and services become available, ensuring the planner gives the most accurate options available.

Mix Your Mode 2015

Mix Your Mode travel initative takes place from 23rd -28th March 2015

What It Is

This is an initiative by the Transport and Mobility Forum to promote more sustainable modes of transport by encouraging people to mix their mode of travel. Spring is a good time with brighter mornings and evenings to consider leaving the car behind and trying other options of getting around. Transport in the city has been enhanced with the new and very popular Bike Scheme as well as the introduction of LEAP cards in 2014. Options such as the bus, train, cycling, walking and electric Go Cars in the city are viable alternatives for many. It is hoped that through positive experiences in trying a new mode of travel people would continue changed behaviour patterns in how they get to and from school, work, the shops, a football match or the gym etc.

Events include:

  • Lauch of Mix Your Mode Journey Planner
  • Schools events
  • Workplace travel – switch modes
  • Information stands

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Parking Day 2014

Cork’s first PARK(ing) DAY

This worldwide event takes place on Friday 19th September (10am and 4pm) and is part of European Mobility Week (16th-22nd Sept). PARK(ing) DAY fits well with the Week’s this year’s motto: “Our Street – Our Choice”. Activities in cities all over Europe are raising awareness for more liveable street spaces for people and improvement of the public realm.

On PARK(ing) DAY, a number of car spaces are getting an alternative use for the day: pop-up parks, art installations, seating or play areas, bicycle parking or any other use one can imagine, other than a 1 ½ tonnes car parking on it.
Cork City and County Councils are kindly providing the car spaces for that day.

Various Community groups have designed the following spaces:

On Western Road you’ll find a relaxing seating area created by the HSE outside their Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.

Along the South Mall artists from the Crawford Art College are creating a ‘pop-up’ art gallery and Cork Cycling Campaign have a double space with bike parking and a chill-out space as well as a bike maintenance workshop at lunchtime (near Grand Parade and opposite the Passport Office). Cork Community Artlink have kindly donated some fantastic props for the spaces.

On Church St in Douglas, An Taisce Green-Schools with the kind support of the Pavillion Garden Centre are transforming two spaces side-by-side into an interactive play space for children to learn about the benefits of walking, cycling, and the Art Department of Cork County Council have created an interactive art space for all to enjoy.

PARK(ing) DAY CORK 2014

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For the first time in Cork, the Transport and Mobility Forum are organising PARK(ing) DAY. This worldwide event will take place on Friday 19th September, when a number of car parking spaces will get an alternative use for the day: pop-up parks, art installations, seating or play area, bicycle parking or any other use one can imagine, other than a one and a half tonne car. Many community groups, NGOs, artists, garden centres have gotten involved along with the HSE, Cork County and City Councils to transform the cityscape for the day. The parking spots will be transformed between 10am and 4pm. Cork City and County Councils are kindly providing the car spaces for that day.

On the Western Road you’ll find a relaxing seating area created by the HSE outside their Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Why not explore the 3 spaces along the South Mall where artists from the Crawford Art College are creating a ‘pop-up’ art gallery and Cork Cycling Campaign have a double space with bike parking and a chill-out space as well as a doing a bike maintenance workshop at lunchtime. Cork Community Artlink have kindly donated some fantastic props for the spaces. If you happen to be in the Douglas area, An Taisce Green-Schools with the kind support of the Pavilon Garden Centre are transforming two spaces side-by-side into an interactive play space for children to learn about the benefits of walking, cycling and electric vehicles through demos and activities. Also the Art Department of Cork County Council have created an interactive art space for all to enjoy.

PARK(ing) DAY is being organised by the Cork Transport and Mobility Forum which consists of representatives from various Cork-based transport stakeholders including local authorities, public transport agencies, NGO’s and other stakeholders. One of the roles of the forum is to promote and support more sustainable forms of travel such as walking, cycling, public transport, park and ride/stride and carpooling. The PARK(ing) DAY event is being organised as part of European Mobility Week (16th-22nd Sept), and fits well with the Week’s this year’s motto: “Our Street – Our Choice”. Activities in cities all over Europe will raise awareness for more liveable street spaces for people and improvement of the public realm. Hence another Cork event in the Week will be the annual Rebel Pedal family bicycle parade on Sunday, 21st Sept, starting at 12noon from Grand Parade (registration from 11am), organised by Cork Environmental Forum.

www.transportandmobilityforum.com,

An Taisce Green-Schools Travel Officer Sandy McGroarty on 086 1067588 / smcgroarty@eeu.antaisce.org with any questions.

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PARK(ing) Day CORK 2014

 

Transport & Mobility Forum, Cork invites you to participate in…

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PARK(ing) Day CORK 2014

Deadline for proposals extended to Friday 29th August 2014

What is it?

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, community groups and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. For the first time Cork will take part in PARK(ing) Day on Friday 19th September 2014.

Why?

Car parking spaces take up lots of room in the city’s street scape, in both city centre and suburban streets. Often this goes along with the absence of urban “green”, vegetation of any kind (trees, shrubs, flower pots etc.), making streets appear to consist mostly of tarmac, concrete and brick, designed primarily for serving flowing motor traffic or parked cars.

It is Cork City & County Council’s policy to better promote active travel modes of cycling and walking, manifested in the City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) or the Cork Walking Strategy. A mode shift away from private cars to more cycling and walking would contribute to:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality;
  • Promote public health through more physical activity and;
  • Local businesses would benefit from more footfall (on two feet or two wheels) on city streets, also outside the immediate City Centre.

Better use of urban space

The appearance of streets as places to walk, stroll or just ‘hang out’ can be improved by alternative uses of the areas that now serve as car parking spaces. The street can become a “place” when there is a tree, a bit of green, like shrubs, flowers, a bench etc. Walking could be facilitated through a more inviting “look” for pedestrians; cyclists might avail of some extra bike stands in these places. Public life of all sorts would be encouraged if the street would be a more inviting place for people to be in, other than being a transient person behind the windscreen of a car, or just rushing through as quickly as possible on foot.

Facilitate public life / improve public realm

The competition entails the design of a temporary installation to showcase options of improving the public realm, with the long term goal of eventually converting a number of car spaces and other identified unused street space in selected locations on a permanent basis.

Who can take part?

Open to all individuals and groups, but might be of particular interest to the following:

  • Garden Designers and Centres
  • Architects/Landscape Architects
  • Urban Designers
  • Community Groups
  • Bike Shops
  • Artists
  • Sustainable Travel Organisations
  • Budding Designers!

We welcome individuals and group collaborations.

The criteria for your design must contain at least 2 of the following:

  • Promote sustainable transport
  • Use environmentally friendly materials
  • Interactive to the public (seating, workshops, activities)
  • Artistic Installation
  • Bike parking (limited mobile bike parking available)

Please refer to the guidlelines and licence. The essential idea of parking day is to use the space in an alternative way in which it is normally used i.e. excludes cars. Advertising in a limited way is allowed naming the group/company is acceptable e.g. space organised by community xyz, supported by Bord Gais Energy. References to any specific products, offers, discounts are not allowed.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by the T&MF on innovation, creative use of space, green aspect etc.

How will you benefit?

The winning group/individual, as decided by the TMF committee, will be awarded the opportunity to turn their design into a reality.The winners will receive media promotion and a parking space for the day to transform. A public vote will decide on the winning design which will go forward to create a permanent park space should funding become available. Winners will be notified by the end of the 1st week of September 2014.

How to enter?

Please submit a one A4 page outline which should include a sketch/drawing of your design to parkingdaycork@corkcoco.ie by Friday 29th August 2014. Please include your contact details.