Mix Your Mode Seminar 2020

‘Female Change-Makers Transforming Mobility in Ireland’

The Transport and Mobility Forum Cork (TMF) hosted their annual seminar in Cork County Hall on Friday 6th March at Cork County Hall. In celebration of International Women’s Day there was an all-female podium and panel discussion highlighting; ‘Female Change-Makers Transforming Mobility in Ireland’. The half day, morning seminar began with a series of talks followed by a Panel Discussion with opportunity for networking during the interval refreshments. There were 5 speakers including the Keynote Speaker, Ms Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority as well as the President of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Ms Paula Cogan.


1) Anne Graham, CEO National Transport Authority

2) Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber of Commerce

3) Giulia Vallone, Cork Co Co Senior Architect, Capital Projects Implementation Unit, county Engineer dept, Cork County Council

4) Jeannette Fitzsimons, Lecturer, UCC Centre for Planning Education and Research.

5) Hannah Mulcahy, Graduate Planner

6) Lisa O’Grady, Green Schools Travel Officer

Presentations available to download:

Anne Graham Presentation

Hannah Mulcahy Presentation

Jeanette Fitzsimons Presentation

Lisa OGrady Presentation


The seminar highlighted the role of women in sustainable urban mobility and featured speakers working in diverse sectors from transport to business, planning to policy as well as education and architecture. We posed the following questions; What is the real cost of congestion in Cork? What is the future of mobility in Cork? Can we do more to make the transport sector more inclusive? Can our transport systems be more gender responsive? While there was a focus on gender, the Seminar was broad and covered many aspects of Sustainable Transport, Active Travel and how the built environment influences travel choices. The Seminar was CPD accredited.

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Gender is one of the key socio-demographic variables that can influence travel behaviour, but it is often the least understood. Understanding travel behaviour by gender will help better design transport policies that are efficient and equitable. Women and men have different expectations, needs and constraints for using the various transport modes for their daily mobility. One undeniable example of this in the Irish context is the low number of girls and young women who cycle. In order to change this, the different mobility needs and requirements of women, female travel patterns as well as their safety and security concerns need to be better understood.




European Mobility Week 2019

This year’s European Mobility Week theme ‘Walk With Us’ focuses on ‘safe walking and cycling’ and the ways active mobility can benefit our health, environment, and bank balances. We are delighted to be running two new events this year in partnership with the  Southern Regional Assembly and Cork City Council through the MATCH-UP project. There will be a fun Mobility Race in the morning ‘Race Against Rob’ (Sign up )followed by a series of talks at our Mobility Cafe (Get Tickets) in the library in the afternoon. Both are free and open to the public. We will also be running Parking Day with an special event at The People’s Parklet. See details below.

Race Against Rob

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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 multi-modal interchanges 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 and the general public 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 walking, cycling 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 Grand 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 here:

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”.  Closing date Wednesday 18th Sept 2019.

Mobility Cafe

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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 you to join us at Cork City Library at 13.30 on 20th September 2019 to discuss low carbon modal interchange and  the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040.

 Our guest speakers include:

  • Sebastiaan Van Der Hijden, Strategic Mobility Advisor, Municipality of Utrecht, The Netherlands to present “Planning for People (& Bikes), Not for Cars”.
  • Dr Brian Caulfield, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin to present on “Regional Modal Interchanges”.
  • Owen Shinkwin, Senior Planner, National Transport Authority and Kevin Burke, Principal Transport Planner, Jacobs to present the “Draft Cork  Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040”
  • Bernie Connolly, Coordinator Cork Environmental Forum, to present “Low Carbon Multi Modal Travel in Cork City”.

To join us for what will be an interesting and thought provoking discussion on low carbon modal interchange in Cork City and register for this event please sign up on Eventbrite. Places are limited so please register as soon as possible.  We look forward to seeing you all at our Mobility Café. 

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 –
Southern Regional Assembly, Waterford, Ireland
Ms. Rose Power, EU Projects Officer,

Parking Day


PARK(ing) Day will take place again this year around the streets of Cork city on Friday 20th September. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform paid parking spots into temporary public parks. Since its inception in 2005, the concept has blossomed into a global experiment in remixing, reclaiming and reprogramming vehicular space for social exchange, recreation and artistic expression. The project now occurs annually in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries.

This year is extra special with the addition of The People’s Parklet and as part of Culture night, Cork Flower Studio will be running a flower arranging event at The People’s Parklet. Come along at 4pm to see a flower arranging demo by the wonderful ladies in Cork Flower Studio. Sign up here (Places are limited).

TMF Cork 2019 Mix Your Mode Seminar- ‘Healthy Commuting Options and the Built Environment’

 The Transport and Mobility Forum Cork is delighted to announce this year’s Mix Your Mode Seminar will take place on Friday 29th March at Cork City Hall. This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Commuting Options and the Built Environment’ which aims to explore how the built environment influences active travel. The seminar offers stakeholders a great opportunity to hear about and discuss modern sustainable and active travel developments and goals for Cork as well as learning about the Regional Assembly, EU Sustainable Transport projects, the work of SUSTRANS in Northern Ireland, Enhancing the Built Environment to make it more inclusive and other best practice examples here and abroad.


MYM Seminar Poster

The half day seminar will be a combination of talks and discussions with opportunity for networking during the interval refreshments.  There will be 4 keynote speakers as follows:

 1) MatchUP, European Mobility Week and Good Practice case studies by Rose Power*, EU Projects Officer, The Southern Regional Assembly

2) SUSTRANS Case Study- European funded CHIPS project in East Belfast by Gordon Clarke, SUSTRANS National Director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

3) ‘Enhancing the built environment and public transport modes for people with sight loss’ by Jessica Ní Mhaoláin, Disability Rights Advocate and Advisor to Liadh Ní Riada MEP for Ireland South.

 4) Michelstown Walkability Audit by Cllr Kay Dawson, Fine Gael (Cork County Council)

Roundtable Discussions

Following the speakers and a break for refreshments, attendees will participate in 1 of 4 different discussions relating to the promotion and development of sustainable and active travel. These workshop discussions will result in goals which we aim to take forward as individual projects. The workshop discussions are:

  1. Your journey today- a discussion around the different modes travelled today by attendees and how they could be improved. Facilitated by Sandy McGroarty (TMF Coordinator)
  2. Small Changes, Big Impact- how low cost measures in the built environment can lead to big behavioural change. Facilitated by Jeanette Fitzsimon (Lecturer UCC MPLAN)
  3. Mapping workshop for Cork City- Mapping the 5 and 10 minute city and looking at the boundary extension. Facilitated by Shane Clarke (CEO Nano Nagle)
  4. The Built Environment from the perspective of people with mixed mobility. Facilitated by Jessica Ni Mhaolain.

Mix Your Mode on your journey to the Seminar!

As part of this year’s Seminar we are asking you to ‘Walk the Talk’ and ‘Mix Your Mode’ when travelling there and back. A discussion will feature on the day looking at your experience of the different modes of transport and how they could potentially be improved. If you are taking the bus or train, why not hop on one of our public bikes and cycle to City Hall where there is a doc to park up ( Or you could bring along your own bike, we even have a pump station outside the venue. If you are driving, you could choose to avoid the city centre traffic and parking fees by jumping on the Black Ash Park and Ride which drops you right outside City Hall ( You could simply use your legs and soak up the atmosphere of the third friendliest city in the world (! Or surprise us with an even more unusual mixture of travel modes!

MYM Seminar Poster


Please note that full details of each of the events below can be found on clicking on link of each title event.


2018 Past events…


Mix Your Mode Seminar 3rd May 2018 – Sustainable and Active Travel

Presentations from 4 seminar talks:

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20180503 Harley Street Bridge, Cork V1_0

20180503 Bandon Transportation + Public Realm Enhancement Plan, Cork V1_0

20180503 Tramore Valley Park, Cork V1_0.pptx

Mix Your Mode Connectivity and Active Travel Seminar offers stakeholders a great opportunity to hear about and discuss modern sustainable and active travel developments and goals for Cork. Given the significant increase in population projected for Cork City and County over the next 20 years, the challenge is to have sustainable economic growth whilst maintaining a good quality of life for residents, visitors, local businesses and communities. The half day seminar will be a combination of talks and discussions relevant to Cork. From these discussions we aim, with your input, to produce outcomes which will progress sustainable and active travel measures for the benefit of Cork.

 20180503 MYM Seminar Eventbrite Poster V1a_0

Mix Your Mode week of events 16-22 April 2018

Wednesday 18th April 2018 from 7-9pm. You’re welcome to join us for a free 2 hour guided ‘Four cities history walk’… meet Darren at 7pm outside Elizabeth Fort, Barrick Street, Cork.

Tuesday 17th April (PM) Mahon school trip on bus from Mahon to Blarney Castle to get students used to mix of travel modes e.g. walking and using the bus. Bus Eireann are kindly providing free transport whilst Blarney Castle kindly sponsoring event with free entry.

Thursday 19th April from 3.30pm-5pm Bring along your bike for basic repairs and advice from Cillian at City Council forecourt on Anglesea Street, Cork

Friday 20th April from 1pm-2.30pm – You’re welcome to join Darren for a free and leisurely lunch-time history walk… meet Darren at 1pm outside Cork City Library, Grand Parade. Hear about our great City’s heritage.

16-22nd April – TMF Facebook competition to win park and ride vouchers and train tickets for liking and sharing the various events and information posts that we put on Facebook during the week.

2017 Past events…

Parking Day September 2017

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20170915 Parking Day

Mix YourMode 2017

Mix Your Mode press release 2017

2017 Mix Your Mode Seminar – Workshop Feedback

Poster MYM Seminar

170302 University College Cork Cycle Week Programme


Parking Day 2016

20160916 Parking Day Press Release V1_0



Parking Day 2015

20180918 Parking Day Press release V1_0


Parking Day 2014

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Mix Your Mode 2014

20140501 Mix Your Mode press release V1_0

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