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Try the Bike during National Bike Week

Date 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Location 
dlr County
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Will you be ready for Bike Week 2019!? - A week of CELEBRATION of all that’s good about CYCLING! National Bike Week is taking place from June 22nd to 30th, 2019 and is a celebration of cycling in Ireland. It is the perfect week to rediscover your love of cycling and all things bike.  Cycling is the ultimate family activity and is suitable for all ages. It is free, fun and keeps us fit and healthy.

During Bike Week 2019, a number of events will take place all over Dublin that will appeal to all cyclists including a number of free events being held by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and others:

  • June 23 (Sunday) –  BikeFest 2019  - ‘Pedal in the Park’ Cycling activities in Cabinteely Park 1pm to 5pm – Bikefest will present a spectacular cycle themed festival event featuring Bike Tune Ups, Bling UR Bike decorations, Head to Head Pedal Power Challenges and  Smoothies made by a pedal powered Smoothie maker. Strolling entertainment will come from “Cycle Circus” performers and Street Entertainers and a unique cycle stunt show from Ben Savage's Savage Skills. Generous prizes are also on offer for those who cycle to the event by picking up ‘clues’ along four selected routes. Come along to this Free Event for an afternoon of fun activities. More details here
  • June 25th (Tuesday) – Inclusive Family Cycle Training  in Marlay Park organised by the dlr Sports Partnership in conjunction with the HSE
  • June 26 (Wednesday) – Cycling Ireland Bike Fest Free Glencullen Adventure Park – Come along and try out mountain biking. Email sally@thegap.ie More details here  
  • June 26 (Wednesday) – Free Bike Clinic, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire – Come along for your free bike check and basic repairs.
  • June 26 (Wednesday) – Art Competition presentation.  Children were required to draw an A4 poster around the theme ‘Cycling in your area’ with prizes on offer for the best entries in four categories by class.
  • June 26 (Wednesday) – ‘Bike to Work Day’ for all workplaces. Why not organize a lunchtime cycle for your staff?
  • June 28 (Friday) – Free Bike Clinic, Carmanhall Road Sandyford – Come along for your free bike check and basic repairs.

According to An Cathaoirleach Cllr Shay Brennan:

Bike Week aims to promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun mode of travel for school, commuting or leisure with many cycling events taking place in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and across Ireland. It is an ideal opportunity for families to rediscover the bicycle and find out how convenient cycling can be for local trips while at the same time discovering the local community. This comes at a time when cycling numbers are growing all across the County. I also welcome the hosting of 2019 Velo-city international cycling conference in Dublin during bike week with the theme ‘Cycling through the Ages’.

Visit Bike Week for a full list of Dublin and National events

Further Information: 

 

Facts about Cycling

  • National Bike Week began in 2009 and is coordinated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Events are being held during the week all over Ireland, North and South, with a detailed list of events here
  • Details of all Council cycling leaflets can be found here
  • In a hurry? During rush-hour, a bicycle is twice as fast as a car - good if you hate traffic jams! Even better, you won’t spend a penny on parking,
  • Over half of our car journeys are less than 5 miles – swapping them for an easy 30 minute bike ride can save you a small fortune in fuel costs,
  • Cyclists live on average at least two years longer than non-cyclists and their fitness levels are equivalent to being ten years younger – so forget nip and tuck, think pedal and push!
  • Cycling is the ultimate family activity; it’s free, healthy, fun and encourages children to be independent,
  • Cycling gets you out and about and you’re more likely to find a new cafe or beautiful park you never knew existed than when you’re cooped up in a car,
  • There are over 200 cycle parking spaces in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area,
  • A pilot Bike Share scheme is currently in place in the County. Details can be found on www.bleeperbike.com
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