Capital in gear for Dublin Bike Week – 18th to 26th June

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Lord Mayor Gerry Breen will launch Dublin Bike Week at 11.30am, tomorrow, Thursday 16th June at St. Stephen’s Green. Dublin Bike Week is part of National Bike Week. It promotes cycling as a healthy and enjoyable way to get around Dublin city. It runs from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th June with a programme of events for people of all ages.

Lord Mayor Breen says “Dublin Bike Week is a great opportunity for anyone who cycles or who wants to start to get together and enjoy some great events. Dublin is now a very bike-friendly city. The expanding cycle lane network and the success of dublinbikes and the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme mean we now see more cyclists than ever in the city. At the same time accidents involving cyclists are down showing that cycling is a safe pass time. I encourage everyone to get involved in Dublin Bike Week. Whether you cycle every day or just occasionally – there’s something in Bike Week for you.”

Minister of State with responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly says “Dublin Bike Week is a great opportunity to remind people that cycling is a healthy and cheap way to get around town. It’s also an easy and fun way to get your recommended 30 minutes of exercise every day. I would especially ask people in Dublin who don’t normally cycle to take part in the Lunchtime Bike Ride on 22nd June. It’s a great way to take part in Dublin Bike Week and introduce yourself to the year-round benefits of cycling.”

Highlights of Dublin Bike Week include:

  • Saturday 18th June: Community Gardens Cycle. This family event has two routes leaving from St. Anne’s Park in Raheny and Pearse College Allotments in Crumlin at 11am. Both tours visit some of Dublin’s community gardens and allotments and finish with a family picnic in Iveagh Gardens at 4pm;
  • Monday 20th June: Golden Pedal Award, Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, 7pm – Dublin Cycling Campaign present the Golden Pedal for the Dublin company that has done most to promote cycling in the last year;
  • Wednesday 22nd June: Lunchtime Bike Ride, starts at 1pm in Grand Canal Square and lasts about 30minutes. This public cycling event takes in Georgian Dublin to celebrate ‘Bike to Work Day’. Prizes will be awarded for ‘best dressed’ and ‘Best Company Team’. Anyone over 16 can register on www.dublincitycycling.ie 
  • Thursday 23rd June: Bike Day in Ballymun, Thursday 23rd June, 10am to 3pm. Family day which includes the launch of Recycabike – Ballymun’s own bike reuse and repair business.  The Danish Cycling Embassy (part of the Royal Danish Embassy in Dublin) visits Ballymun with family-friendly events that showcase Ballymun’s cycling facilities and the role cycling plays in Danish lifestyle and culture. Also featuring cycling games, workshops and much more;
  • Sunday 26th June: Pedal in the Park, Phoenix Park 12pm – family day with entertainment, bike tours, music and much more in a car-free Phoenix Park.

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For more information

For further information: Dublin City Council Press Office T. (01) 222 2107, M. 087 740 0277

For a full Dublin Bike Week programme of events log on to www.dublincitycycling.ie

Notes to the Editor
Dublin Bike Week is part of National Bike Week. It is organised by the Dublin Local Authorities, State Agencies and various cycling organisations. For National Bike Week see www.bikeweek.ie

 

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