Cycle to Bloom in the Park

If you were anywhere near Phoenix Park over the weekend, you’ll have seen the huge traffic jams heading for Bloom in the Park, and you might have also seen the cyclists whizzing past all the jams!

This year’s festival attracted over 110,000 visitors – an all-time record for the event since it started in 2007! The glorious weather we had, particularly on the Bank Holiday Monday, no doubt encouraged people to come out in their droves – but the high number of visitors led to big queues of cars in the park and surrounding roads.

We cycled to Phoenix Park, and ended up whizzing past very long queues on Conyngham Road, and also on Chesterfield Avenue – and our only hindrance was navigating past all the pedestrians who always take to walking along the cycle paths in the park.

Taking a right off Chesterfield Avenue at the roundabout just after the Áras an Uachtaráin, we were able to cycle right up to the entrance of the festival. A lot of people locked their bikes to the railings, but the festival organisers had also provided dedicated bike parking in an adjacent field.

Cycling was by far the easiest way to get to the Bloom festival, and it’s clearly something that the festival organisers want to encourage. It’s also cheaper, as the bike parking is free, whereas the cars get charged €5 per day.

Our only problem for the day was bringing enough pannier bags to carry home all the lovely produce we bought. Last year we filled two bags, and this year we filled three. Maybe next year I’m going to have to hire a cargo bike!

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

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