Dublin gears up for Bike Week
A week of cycling related activities gets underway in Dublin as part of Ireland's National Bike Week.
From today (July 16) activities will take place across the all of Ireland, while in the capital lord mayor, Gerry Breen, officially launched activities at St. Stephen's Green.
The mayor said he hoped people would take advantage of the activities, running until June 26, to get into cycling and join the dublinbikes rental scheme.
Mr Breen said: "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."
Highlights of Dublin Bike Week include:
Saturday June 18: 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 June 20: 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 June 22: 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 June 23: Bike Day in Ballymun, 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 June 26: Pedal in the Park, Phoenix Park 12pm - family day with entertainment, bike tours, music and much more in a car-free Phoenix Park.