Understanding Bike Week

National Bike Week 2013 is a week-long celebration of cycling that takes place in June, with events taking place all over Ireland.

Bike Week
Bike Week

The emphasis of the events is very much towards encouraging more people to cycle, and so there are lots of fun and family-friendly events organised. The activities range from leisurely rides organised in parks, through to long spins for sports cyclists through Ireland’s majestic countryside. And for those bikes that have languished unused in the garden shed for a few years there are free bike checks and tune-ups.

In Dublin city the events are all being coordinated by the Dublin Cycling Campaign (here’s the complete list), including the following:

  • Cargo Bike Championships – 12.30pm on Sunday 16th June – with the help of the Dutch Bike Shop the aim is to try and get as many cargo bikes as possible to race (and have a bit of fun) in the Phoenix Park.  See their Facebook Page for more details, or register to take part.
  • Women on Wheels event on Fade Street – Sunday 16th June – including a fashion show in the Market Bar.  See the Women on Wheels website for more.
  • National Bike to Work Day – Wednesday 19th June.
  • Lunchtime City Centre Bike Ride – 12.30pm on Wednesday 19th June – starting from Grand Canal Dock, this ride will see several hundred riders take to the city streets.
  • Pedal in the Park in Phoenix Park – Sunday 23rd June – the roads are closed to cars, and cyclists young and old can enjoy a leisurely ride around the park, enjoy the bike-themed entertainment, and take part in guided bike tours of the park.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet other cyclists and ride on car-free roads, and most people seem to make a day of it by bringing along a picnic.

Bike Week this year takes place from Saturday 15th through to Sunday 23rd June 2013.  See the official Bike Week website for events in your area.

Bike Week Lunchtime Ride 2012
Bike Week Lunchtime Ride 2012

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 richardbloomfield.ie.

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