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On your bike: National Bike Week starts tomorrow

NEWS IN BRIEF: National Bike Week 2021 starts tomorrow, Sunday September 12 and runs until Saturday September 18.

For details of events go to BikeWeek.ie, scroll down to the events section and click on your county for the details of your local events.

Online events:

Monday, September 13 at 8pm: The Dublin Cycling Campaign will host online speakers telling their cycling stories. The group said: “Speakers will only have three minutes each to share their cycling stories, so it promises to be a lively and interesting evening. The meeting will be chaired by meteorologist Joanna Donnelly and is organised by Siobhán McNamara.” It will be recorded and posted on YouTube afterwards, but if you want to watch it live register through Zoom at this link.

Thursday, September 16 at 1pm: “What is a Just Transition for Transport” will be the topic as part of the DCC lunchtime chats series. The panel will be asked: “Reducing emissions from transport is critical to meeting our targets, but can it be done in a manner that is just? How do we make moving around the city equitable along lines of gender, race, and socioeconomic status?” Speakers are Brendan O’Brien, Executive Manager Traffic, Dublin City Council; Dr Brian Caulfield, Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD; and Sarah Bowman, Director of Strategic Engagement for the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. You can register through Zoom at this link.

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IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

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Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

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