The annual tradition of handing over an ‘official’ new bicycle to Dublin City’s Lord Mayor happened on Friday morning. Dublin Cycling Campaign, a registered charity, handed over the bicycle at the Mansion House to the current Lord Mayor, Hazel Chu.
Dublin Cycling Campaign said that the bicycle was funded by the group and its supporters. It was supplied this year by Rothar, a bike shop in Phibsborough.
The campaign said that the bicycle is “a visible manifestation of a new era where officials in authority lead by example in efforts to tackle climate change” and that the bicycle “provides the Lord Mayor with a sustainable mode of transport that is efficient, healthy and emissions-free”.
The handover happened ahead of Bike Week 2020, 19th-27th September, which is largely going virtual or small-scale due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Lord Mayor, Hazel Chu, said: “I’m delighted to accept this bicycle from the Dublin Cycling Campaign Group on behalf of the Mansion House and I look forward to meeting Dubliners across the city as I put it to good use. It will certainly be handy on my regular trips around the city.”
She added: “I also intend inviting all City Councillors to take the Lord Mayor’s Bicycle out into their communities for charity events and to promote cycling in the city.”
Kevin Baker, chairperson of Dublin Cycling Campaign, said: “We’re delighted to present the Lord Mayor with her new bicycle. Cycling has become so important for so many people during this pandemic and we appreciate the leadership of councillors like Hazel Chu, and the work being done by Dublin City Council, to make cycling safer and more attractive for people of all ages and abilities.”
Brendan O’Brien, Dublin City Council’s executive manager for its transport section, said: “Dublin City Council are delighted to see the Lord Mayor accept this bicycle. The use of this official bicycle by the Lord Mayor reflects the transport priorities of the City Council, which encourage people to switch to sustainable transport modes.”