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Cycling promotion though the provision of cycle stands

Pre-MIRACLES there were 8 cycle parking spaces for the general public in the entire city. By October 2005 264 had been provided (a 2000% increase) ( M9) Stands for a further 316 cycle parking spaces were purchased for installation in 2006. A cycling officer was also appointed post MIRACLES to further this work. This man has identified locations for more cycle stands and intends to order 100s of additional stands to continue the exponential increase in cycle stand provision that began with MIRACLES. Pre-MIRACLES provision for cyclists in Cork was scant.

Much has been learnt since and Cork City Council would be keen to share it�s experience with other cities starting from a similar base or to learn more from more expert cities about what works and what doesn�t (causes more accidents etc.) Cycleways and cycleparking are relatively new concepts in Ireland- really only introduced in Cork in 1999. MIRACLES provided the forum and motivation to plan fro a more comprehensive network of cycling infrastructure- an idea not heretofor commonplace on the streets of Cork.

In 2004 the Cork City Cycle Network and Parking Facilities Plan was approved by council. This lists recommendations for 19 radial routes, 13 link routes and 5 inner city routes. These have been implemented along 6 radial green routes into the city centre and plans for a leisure route along the Western City/County Border were discussed by the MIRACLES team.

Critical success factors:
- Consultation with cycling campaign groups- they often contain individuals who have devoted a lot of time and energy into researching cycling facilities and know from practical experience what works, what doesn t, where parking spaces are needed etc.
- Seek submissions from the public about cycling facilities recommendations and give serious consideration to these.
- The Sheffield Lock is generally the favoured style of stand design as most cyclists seek something sturdy to affix both wheels to. Retail owners may favour something more stylish and the stand depicted on for St. Patrick s Street proved very popular, especially when retailers saw how well used they were.
- A solid foundation is very important care should be taken when selecting stands to pay close heed to the footings.

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City Hall, Anglesea Street
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