Bike Discos in Dublin and Cork; free bike trips in Fingal, Kilkenny and Wexford and cargo bike expo in Dublin on Sunday

A Bike Disco will be held tomorrow (Friday, September 22) in the Phoenix Park and also a ‘Kidical Mass’ in Waterford, and, on Saturday, a ‘Cargo Bike Extravaganza’ will be held in Dublin, and another bike disco in Cork.

The events are part of European Mobility Week — other events in Ireland include the opening of some streets in Cork City Centre on Saturday with motorists diverted.

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A number of bicycle share operators are offering free 40-minute trips tomorrow for World Car Free Day including Bleeper or Tier bikes in Fingal, and Bolt in Kilkenny and Wexford.

The Bike Disco in the Phoenix Park as part of Culture Night and Car Free Day. The event is described as “a 5km cycle around a car-free route in the park, with a bike DJ playing great tunes to pedal along to.”

The organisers said: “We’re encouraging people to decorate and light up their bikes for the event and ReCreate will have a decoration station from 7pm to give people a hand. The cycle starts at 8pm from the Phoenix Monument, Chesterfield Avenue. More information and registration is available at https://bikediscodublin.eventbrite.ie.”

The Disco is being supported by Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, the Dublin Cycling Campaign and the OPW.

Meanwhile, the Waterford Bike User Group is to also host a 1-hour social cycle tomorrow. The group said: “Come join us for a Social cycle tomorrow at 7pm – 8pm, in the city centre. Start at the Bishop’s Palace. Children who can cycle independently are very welcome, accompanied by a guardian.”

The Disability Federation of Ireland is also promoting Make Way Day on Friday — it is a national awareness campaign which aims to educate and inform the public of the obstacles which have been inadvertently placed in the way of people with disabilities, see Makewayday.com.

Gorey Town Park will also host a Car Free Day Picnic from 3-5pm on Friday with complimentary refreshments promised fro those arriving by walking, cycling or wheeling.

On Saturday, Republic of Bike with support from Cork City Council will also host a disco cycle from Patrick Street outside Murray’s at 4pm to Tramore Valley Park.

On Sunday, September 24, The Bike Hub and Dublin City Council is to host a cargo bike expo from 1-4pm in the velodrome in Eamonn Ceannt Park, Crumlin.

The organisers said that there’ll be lots of cargo bike suppliers at the event so it’s a great opportunity to see the range of cargo bikes available and take them for a spin.

The Bike Hub said: “We’re hosting the Cargo Bike Extravaganza to celebrate all cargo bike owners, past, present, and future. Come to Eamonn Ceannt Park with your bike or your cargo bike, and your disco dance moves to enjoy an afternoon in the park! The velodrome will be transformed into a cargo bike test track for you to test your handling skills.”

They added: “We will also have local bike shops bring some cargo bikes to the park for you to test drive on the course. At 3PM our festivities will hit a high note with a Cargo Bike Pedal Party Parade around the park! Come early to decorate your bikes for the parade (or decorate it yourself before you get here.”

More information is available at meetup.com/the-bike-hub/events/295933183

Other events including those in Fingal, Cavan, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Wexford are listed on the Europen Mobility Week website.

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