“On your bike” all around as National Bike Week pedals off

14th June 2015 - Blackrock, County Dublin - Pictured on the cycle-path in Blackrock Park at the annual Free Fun Family Cycle organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as part of National Bike Week. Photo by Peter Cavanagh [Must Credit] No Reproduction Fee

“On your bike”, an overused phrase, will be ringing in your ears by the end of the week as National Bike Week 2015 is now underway with cycling events taking place across Ireland all week long.

Details of events can be found on bikeweek.ie/events or in local media.

Sligo hosted the national opening event for on Saturday. One of the other events which took place over the weekend was the annual Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown family leisurely cycle yesterday (pictured above). It forms part of cycling activities for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as part of the week. The council said: “Cyclists had a choice of a 10km route from Blackrock to UCD or a shorter 4km version around Blackrock Park suitable for younger children.”

Some of the largest national events which take place in Dublin are to run again this year, including the Phoenix Park Bike Festival, which takes place next Sunday has merged the National Cargo Bike Championship, and the city centre lunchtime cycle will also take place on Wednesday, June 17, from 12.30 to 14.00, it starts as usual from Grand Canal Square.

MORE: bikeweek.ie/events
IMAGE:
Peter Cavanagh Photography for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

7 Comments

  1. This photo above fills me with DREAD for the future of ‘normalising’ cycling! People were refused entry to this DLRCC cycle if they did not wear Hi-Viz! The picture and others I have seen are all about day-glo cycling, apparently the only form of cycling encouraged by DLRCC! At Cycling Ireland’s Bikefest in St Anne’s Park there was hardly a Hi-Viz to be seen! DLRCC need to revisit this day-glo policy!

  2. ??? Just from the picture you can see that’s not true. Plenty of non hi vis vest cyclist. And myself who attended too didn’t wear one wasn’t forced to wear one and wasn’t refused entry. Everyone got one for free regardless. Wake up. #Troll

  3. It is overwhelmingly a photo of hi-viz and helmets. Overwhelmingly. This is an image detrimental to the uptake of everyday, utility cycling. And the organisers have no business telling adults how to dress, or how to dress their children, once all are operating within the law.

  4. I would agree with Colm above, the garish helmeted hoards pictured above would discourage cycle activity, not encourage it.

  5. Kevin O'Farrell June 17, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Viz is being pushed at these events. Why oh why ? 500 people on bicycles riding down a road, if you can’t see them then you should not be driving. Some people may be under the impression that hi viz and helmets are legal requirements. Victimisation full stop.

    What’s is the real danger ? Cars, vans, trucks, buses…… People drive far too fast without giving any care to anybody else. They know they will get away with it and continue to do it. Why’s the official response ? People walking and cycling should wear hi viz. How is that going to save lives if the people continue to drive recklessly and dangerously.

    Spend some money, instead of wasting it. Build some proper infrastructure and don’t stop until every urban area has a safe place for people of all ages to go out on their bicycle. How much public funds are going into this endless supply of hi viz stuff ? How much is being spent on it ?

  6. My favourite demonstration of the efficacy of hi-viz in daylight:
    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=214292&d=1342994808

    Note how the eye is inexorably drawn to the hi-viz wearers.

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