This sustainable travel initiative is being promoted by Cork Environmental Forum with RED FM and partner organisations (Green Schools and SMILE Programmes, Cork City and County Council, Cork Chamber of Commerce, Bus Eireann, Irish Rail, UCC, CIT, HSE, Cork Community Bikes, Avego, SECAD and SWRA)
The aim of the initiative is to encourage travel by more sustainable and healthier methods such as walking and cycling, using public transport (bus, train, park & ride) and trying out new methods such as the Go Cars, electric vehicles and car sharing. It will take place during the first three weeks of March with focused actions and events targeted as follows:
- Schools and colleges: 4th -10th March
- Workplaces: 11th -17th March
- Shopping & leisure activities: 18th – 24th March
Activities will include competitions (pedometer challenge, cycling or walking), cycle training, bike repair sessions, schools will highlight their WOW (Walk on Wednesday) scheme, RED FM will have prizes to give away, shops are encouraged to create appropriate window displays etc.
By engaging in this initiative:
- People will become more aware of the journeys they make and of the different services available to them to get to where they need to go.
- People will be more aware of the infrastructure in the city and surrounding suburban area such as cycle paths and parking facilities, walkways and walking routes and the GoCar initiative as well as electric charging points that have been installed.
- People will be aware of the integrated rail and bus ticketing and the tax incentives available to them.
- People will change the way they get around the city/ towns and will be more open to using different forms of transport which will increase their overall mobility.
It is hoped that people will continue their changed behaviour patterns in how they get to and from school, work, the shops, a football match, the gym or the cinema. This will not only benefit the individual but also the city with less emissions being generated and less traffic congestion.
Whilst the city is the main urban target, it is hoped that the county towns will participate in particular those on bus and train commuter routes such as Mallow, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Ballincollig, Carrigaline and Blarney. We encourage anyone with an interest to get involved.
Mix Your Mode is supported by the European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign. The SUM campaign is linked to the European Mobility Week, which runs from 16 to 22 September every year and culminates in the ’In Town Without My Car!’ day. It is managed by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme – the EU’s support programme for non-technological actions in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.