Dublin’s lunchtime Cycle is back

Dublin’s lunchtime Cycle is back – 12.45pm Wednesday 18th June, Grand Canal Square

Dublin City Council’s hugely popular Lunchtime Cycle is back again this year. It takes place in Grand Canal Square in the Docklands at 12.45pm on Wednesday 18th June.

The event is a highlight of National Bike Week which promotes cycling as a leisure and commuting option across the country. Dublin City Council’s Lunchtime Cycle is a free event and goodie bags are available to the first 500 to register on www.lunchtimecycle.eventbrite.ie

The 2014 leisurely 5km lunchtime cycle takes about 30 mins to complete. The route weaves through the streets of Dublin, passing some of Dublin’s most popular landmarks including Samuel Beckett Bridge, the Custom House, the newly opened Rosie Hackett Bridge, Trinity College, Merrion Square, The Pepper Canister Church and the Grand Canal Premium Cycle Route.

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Dublin City Council is organising the Lunchtime Cycle again this year as part of its strategy to develop cycling in the capital. This strategy includes the expansion of the hugely popular dublinbikes scheme, the provision of cycle lanes, the adoption of a 30 kph zone in the city centre and support for public events like National Bike Week. New infrastructure in the city, such as the Rosie Hackett Bridge, also includes cycling facilities.

Efforts such as these have helped make cycling a more attractive commuter option and have resulted in a huge increase in the numbers of people cycling. For example, Dublin City Council’s annual Canal Cordon Count has shown an 87% increase in people cycling between 2006 and 2013. Numbers were up 14% last year alone.

Everyone who registers online for the event is automatically placed in a draw to win an Apple iPad mini! There will also be prizes for ‘fanciest dress’, ‘Team fancy dress’ and ‘fanciest helmet’- so there are plenty of prizes to go around. 

Stay up to date! For all the latest event updates, daily competitions and cycling tips check out www.dubincity.ie/lunchcycle; Become a Facebook fan on www.facebook.com/dublinbiketowork; Join  the Bike to Work LinkedIn group: Dublin City Cycling or tweet us, @LunchtimeCycle, hashtag #DubBike.

 

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