(Photo: Tomás Tyner)
Campus Cycle Week begins next week in the ‘Real Capital’, starting on Monday the 12th of March. “Every college in Cork is taking part,” an organiser told us, “UCC, CIT, CUH, Saint John’s Central College, Cork College of Commerce, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa…”
The focal point of the week will be a screening of the film “Why We Cycle.” Why We Cycle is a new Dutch film:
“To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. We don’t think about it, we just do it. Perhaps the fact that we don’t think about it, is the key to the bicycle’s success in this country. But because we do not give cycling a second thought, we don’t really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. In the documentary ‘Why we cycle’ we take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.”
– Description of Why We Cycle, WhyWeCycle.eu
Why We Cycle is making its Irish premiere in three locations across the country, in Dublin, Cork and Waterford. The Cork screening will be happening in UCC, in Boole 3, at 8pm on Wednesday the 14th of March.
A highlight of the week is sure to be the two lunchtime cycles during the week. One group will leave from Saint John’s and the College of Commerce on Thursday 15th, heading out along the “cycle superhighway” through the Marina and the old Blackrock Railway towards Mahon Point. The other cycle will follow the route connecting UCC, CUH and CIT on Friday 16th.
“Cillian from the Bike Shed will be the bike doctor in CUH at lunchtime on Thursday, and there’s set to be a range of bike repair workshops and round table discussions in the colleges throughout the week.”
Prospective attendees and those interested in the Cork Cycling Campaign website for more details on events, including the screening.
A discussion is planned to follow the film screening, and local politicians, campaigners and Councillors have been invited to attend. Entry to the screening is open to members of the public, and is free of charge. “The more the merrier!” an organiser told us, “BYOP (bring your own popcorn)!”