The Bike Hub Crumlin Pilot Project was launched this afternoon by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Caroline Conroy,
The Bike Hub, a social enterprise which offers a range of services including managing the lending of adapted bicycles and bicycle maintenance classes, is already operating in Dun Laoghaire supported by the council there.
Dublin City Council said: “Following the success of The Bike Hub project in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin City Council is delighted to bring the project to Crumlin, where it will provide a host of exciting new services aimed at encouraging accessible, inclusive cycling for people of all ages and abilities.”
“The project will provide access to free-to-use accessible bikes for people with disabilities or mobility issues, an ‘Upcyclers’ project repairing old and unused bikes for donation to members of the community, as well as mechanic and safe cycling courses for young people and the wider public,” the council said.
The council said that the pilot is funded thanks to the National Transport Authority.
Cllr Conroy said: “I am delighted to launch The Bike Hub Crumlin Pilot Project at Eamonn Ceannt Park. This exciting new project will provide important services that make cycling more accessible for everyone.”
Stephen McManus, the founder of the Bike Hub, said: “We are really excited to expand The Bike Hub project to Crumlin and bring the joy of cycling to more people.”
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He added: “At our core, The Bike Hub is about community; bringing people together to foster a culture of cycling that is inclusive and accessible. We have an open door policy, for anyone who wants to get involved or learn more, drop in or visit our website.”
Brendan O’Brien, head of the traffic and transport section of Dublin City Council said: “Dublin City Council is delighted to support this new community cycling pilot here at Eamonn Ceannt Park. This new pilot will play an important role in encouraging and supporting communities traditionally excluded from cycling through the provision of accessible bikes, training and outreach programmes.”
Dublin City Council said that accessible bike spins for people with mobility issues, piloted by volunteers, are now available to book for free at The Bike Hub Crumlin and that “other community cycling projects will come on stream over the coming weeks”. Check out thebikehub.ie for more details.