Posted by: Darragh | April 30, 2009

National Bike Week

National Bike Week
14 – 21 June 2009
Set Your Wheels in Motion

  • Minister Dempsey Announces Ireland’s first National Bike Week
  • Launches dedicated bike week website
  • Calls on communities nationwide to get involved

Mr Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport, today announced that Ireland’s first National Bike Week will take place on June 14th to June 21st 2009. The aim of bike week is to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport.

National Bike Week is supported by a new dedicated website www.bikeweek.ie which, among other things, contains –

  • Information on individual bike week events as details become available,
  • Tips, including an instructional video, on maintaining your bike,
  • Advice on how to promote cycling in the workplace and in schools,
  • A downloadable poster to promote national bike week,
  • A facility for individuals and groups up and down the country to advertise details of events that they plan to organise during bike week.

A number of headline events in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford are currently being organised to celebrate the upcoming national bike week. Minister Dempsey is today calling on local communities right around the country to organise events in their own areas during the week 14-21 June.

Bike Week is a cross-community effort led by a group comprising cyclist.ie (Ireland’s National Cyclist Lobby Group), the Dublin Cycling Campaign, representatives from the various strands of the cycle industry, An Taisce, local authorities, the health sector, Cycling Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, private individuals, the Office of Public Works, the Dublin Transportation Office, the Road Safety Authority, and the Department of Transport.

The following events are at an advanced stage of planning and further details will be available and posted on <http://www.bikeweek.ie&gt; over the coming weeks –

  • Free health checks for bikes in the lead up to, and during, Bike Week
  • A major opening event in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, 14 June
  • Outdoor activities in the cities of Cork, Galway and Waterford to celebrate bike week
  • A series of events, around the country, to highlight the provision of dedicated cycling infrastructure
  • A mass cycle in Dublin City on Wednesday, 17 June, to celebrate All-Island Bike to Work Day.
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