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First National Bike Week

 

Updated : May 1, 2009

Dozens of cycling events will be held around the country as part of Ireland’s first National Bike Week in June.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey called on communities to help promote the two-wheel option as a fun and healthy activity and also he promised increased safety for cyclists on streets and roads.

National Bike Week, from June 14-21, is being organised by cycling groups as well as state agencies and local authorities.

The event will be opened in Dublin’s Phoenix Park and a mass cycle will later take place in Dublin City.

Main events will also take place in Cork, Galway and Waterford. Free posters, instruction DVDs and service checks for bicycles will be available to enthusiasts.

Mr Dempsey said he wanted cycling to be seen by people as a fun and healthy mode of transport and he urged community groups, business organisations and schools to get involved in the initiative.

Mr Dempsey added: “Cyclists matter. Just like other road users they deserve a safer, easier travelling experience.”

Earlier this month, the Government published Ireland’s first national cycle policy.

Mr Dempsey said he aims to fund sustainable travel initiatives in 2009 to encourage more people to cycle, walk or take public transport more often.

“We are going to invest over the coming years to make cycling a safer and more attractive alternative mode of transport,” he added.

Organisations involved in National Bike Week include the National Cyclist Lobby Group, the Dublin Cycling Campaign, an Taisce, Cycling Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, the Office of Public Works, the Dublin Transportation Office and the Road Safety Authority.

More details of the event are available on www.bikeweek.ie.

 

 

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