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Cycling in Cork — give it a go for Bike Week

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EVERY year, more and more people in Cork are discovering the joys of cycling. Not just as a holiday pastime or as a form of exercise, but also as a practical way of getting around.

That could mean riding a bicycle to school, work, sports club or the shops, or when visiting friends. In other words, cycling is just a perfectly normal way of getting around. As we mark Bike Week, let’s consider why people would want to cycle in the first place.

Many people love the fun and exhilaration of cycling — the joy of being in the open air and in touch with those around them. Others appreciate the financial savings of using the bicycle instead of driving or taking the bus.

For some, the environmental benefits of cycling are important. Cycling does not pollute the air with toxic gases and particles or with climate warming emissions. For people considering how to reduce their own contributions to climate change, research shows that a car-free lifestyle (which likely means a fair bit of cycling) is the single most effective daily action that they can take to reduce their contribution to climate change.

If those aren’t enough good reasons, the full health benefits of cycling are now becoming apparent. Large population studies have shown that cycling to work has incredible health........

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