European Mobility Week 2016

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This year EUROPEAN MOBILITYWEEK runs from the 16th to 22nd September, held under the banner of 'Smart and sustainable mobility - an investment for Europe'. The benefits of smarter mobility apply across the board - from the public to the private sector, from society at large to the individual.

 

In 2016, EUROPEAN MOBILITYWEEK is encouraging local politicians and the public to look at smart and sustainable mobility as an investment for Europe. Limerick Smarter Travel Limerick Smarter Travel supports and encourages people within Limerick’s schools, campuses, workplaces, and communities, to plan for and use healthier, more sustainable modes of travel such as walking, cycling and shared travel, while actively discouraging unnecessary and single-occupancy car travel where possible. The Limerick Smarter Travel project encourages people to use more sustainable modes of transport and to engage in transport planning at a local level. The project is funded by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and European Regional Development Fund.

 

Events

 

Culture Night 2016:

Come enjoy great coffee, food, atmosphere and debate! A FREE Culture Night event. While out and about experiencing the diverse array of arts and cultural activities in Limerick, why not take a few minutes to park up, relax and enjoy a nibble and a natter opposite The Canteen on Mallow Street. This evening will be celebrating café culture at its very best, as well as unveiling an example of a park and picnic pod or parklet, specifically designed to support sustainable urban communities in our city. Have your say! For further information click here

 

Bus in the City 2016

'Bus in the City' has become an annual European Mobility Week initative ran by LST’s schools programme where LST teams up with project schools, An Taisces Green-Schools Travel programme, Bus Eireann and An Garda Siochana to run a series of interactive workshops on Limerick City buses. The purpose of the event is to bring students out of the classroom to experience public transport first hand and learn more about the various aspects of using Limerick’s public transport system. This year, due to the increasing level of demand for the initiative, LST invited schools in the Metropolitan area of Limerick to apply for the event. Successful applicants will receive a tailored route map for their workshop, their route begins at the bus stop nearest their school and from here follows an existing bus route in Limerick’s public transport network. As the bus proceeds along its route, students are invited to interview the bus conductor and bus driver, learn more about the environmental benefits of sustainable travel from the Green-Schools Coordinator and experience existing bus routes within Limerick. Students also meet surprise guests on route, stopping at Colbert Station to meet the Station’s Bus Director and Henry Street Garda Station to meet some of its local community Gardai who will speak with the students on issues surrounding road safety. Throughout their trip, the students are shown the infrastructural improvements in place as part of the Limerick Smarter Travel Project such as new cycle lanes, bus interchanges and a number of bike parking corrals.

 

National Transport Authority Step Challenge 2016

Limerick Smarter Travel's Workplace's are currently taking part in the National Transport Authority's 2016 Step Challenge. The Step Challenge is a fun, free walking promotion for Smarter Travel Workplaces and Smarter Travel Campus Partners, where teams of 3-6 people aim to increase their daily step counts, to have fun and to win prizes. This year is the National Transport Authority's 9th annual walking challenge taking place from Monday 12th of September to Sunday 9th of October 2016 and the competition is supported and promoted at a local level through Limerick Smarter Travel. For Mobility Week, Limerick Smarter Travel is offering one step challenge team a free 'Breakfast on Us' prize for the step challenge team who clock up most steps. An additional competition for Mobility Week sees employees of Limerick City and County Council go up against their Chief Executive in a competition to 'Beat the Chief'. Employees who beat the Chief Executive Conn Murray's Steps during mobility week are entered into a draw for a prize. Seven workplaces across Limerick are taking part in the 2016 Step Challenge. Nearly 400 employees within the project are taking part in this years challenge throughout Limerick.

 

Car Free Day 2016

As part of the celebrations across European cities for “In Town Without My Car” Day (22.09.16), each of the four cities, (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway) will set up dedicated traffic-free space or Cycle Hubs in the city centre to celebrate the many thousands of persons who choose to cycle in our cities, especially for commuting to work or education.  

 

Cycle Hub Details:

−        Time: 12:00-15:00

−        Date: 22.09.16

−        Location: Bedford Row, Limerick

 

What to expect:

−        Coca Cola Zero bike FREE membership promotion by An Rothar Nua

−        A FREE pop-up cycle café by An Rothar Nua

−        Bike safety information from RSA/An Garda Síochána

−        FREE minor bicycle repairs at the  ‘Bicycle Repair Day’ by Limerick Smarter Travel

−        Public workshop on the Limerick Urban Centre Revitalisation – O’Connell Street by Limerick City and County Council

−        Travel Information Tent by Limerick Smarter Travel

And don’t forget cycle a Coke-Zero Bike in Limerick today for your chance to win a €500 bicycle voucher.

 

Further Information:

Contact: Miriam O’Donoghue

Call: (061) 407429

Email: miriam.odonoghue@limerick.ie

 

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