Ten activities/events for bike week

Published by Conor Mulvihill on

Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held between the 11th and 19th of June with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland. From free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, heritage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, bike festivals, road races and much more. There’s something for every age and ability. Join the fun at this year’s Bike Week. Where will your bike take you? Here is ten activities/events that coincide with bike week.

Tour de Merlin Woods – Family Fun Cycle in Merlin Woods, Doughiska

bike 1This event is set for Saturday 18th June 2016 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Doughiska Park / Merlin Woods in Galway. This event will kick off with a guided Family fun cycle through Merlin Woods. The meeting/ registration point will be in Doughiska park, in front of playground. Several cycles through the woods will go ahead between 12pm-2pm. Bring own bicycles and helmets!! Children to be accompanied by an adult. From 2pm- 3pm Bicycle related and other sports activities will take place in the park, slow bike races, drumming / capoeira workshops and facepainting. Some light refreshments will be provided.

Contact : ARD Family Resource Centre 091 768852 or email elske@ardfrc.com. For more information click here.


Donegal Bay Cycling Promotion 11:00am Saturday 18th June 2016

bike 2It is proposed to commence the day’s activities with a turbo session and cycling familiarization for members of the public in the Diamond in Donegal Town at 11:00 am. A series of three cycles will take place at 1:00 pm with distances and routes suitable for all abilities. It is planned to have a group of cyclist from Donegal twin town (Senne) and cyclist from a neighboring cross-border cycling club will join the cycling club for the day’s event. Following completion of the cycles those taking part will be invited to join the club in the cycling themed trip on the Donegal Bay Water bus for light refreshments and music. It is anticipated that up to 50 people will take part in this part of the day. Suitable for everyone.

Contact Phone: 0872968096/ 0872968096  Email: kevinmcglynn48@gmail.com


Cycle to Work Challenge Kerry 12:00am Saturday 11th June 2016 to 12:00am Sunday 19th June 2016

2011_pedal_in_the_park_ailis_brosnanKERRY BIKE WEEK CYCLE-TO-WORK CHALLENGE 2016

National Bike Week June 11th – 19th is just around the corner……so are you up for a cycle challenge?! • Ever thought of cycling to work?
• Ever thought of driving part of the distance and cycle the rest? • Now is your opportunity! Sign up to Kerry Bike Week 2016 Cycle to Work Challenge and be in with the chance to win up to €300 per category cyclist – beginner, intermediate to advanced. See relevant links below to sign up…….Don’t be left behind – Join the Movement!

• Beginners: www.strava.com/clubs/kerrybikeweek2016-beginners • Intermediate: www.strava.com/clubs/kerrybikeweek2016-intermediate • Advanced: www.strava.com/clubs/kerrybikeweek2016-advanced. This is mainly suited for adults

 Contact Phone: 066-7184776    Email: info@kerryrecreationandsports.ie

Phoenix Park Biodiversity Bike Tour Thursday 16th June 2016 Thursday 16th June 2016

bike 4The Biodiversity of the Phoenix Park
Join Leif Barry, Phoenix Park biodiversity guide, on a rambling bike tour through the wonders of nature that abound in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. This is a gentle tour, with plenty of time for photographs and questions. You will be enthralled and surprised at the level and diversity of species that inhabit this great Park. Up to 10km cycle, suitable for everyone.


Dublin Cycling Campaign

Contact Phone: 086-8337577  Email:mforsythe@eircom.net


‘Meet the Fawns’ Bike Tour Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 15th June 2016

bike 5‘Meet the Fawns’ – A chance to experience the Phoenix Park deer herd up close, and learn about its history and care.
This time of year the young fawns are being born and the opportunity may arise during this tour by Paddy Crowe, Park Deer Ranger, to meet a young fawn up close. All people love this tour, which includes elements of history, natural science, and pure visuals, but children in particular will be enthralled. Highly recommended. Up to 10km cycle, suitable for everyone. PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DEER!

 Contact Phone: 086-8337577  Email: mforsythe@eircom.net
 Contact Phone: 042-9755126  Email: info@monaghansports.ie

Cork Cycling Festival – Bike Week Fun and Games in Fitzgeralds Park


On Sunday the 19th June the Cork Cycling Festival ​have organised a cycle fun day and games in Fitzgeralds Park. The day will be filled with Bike Olympics events such as slow bike races and bike salom in what is sure to be a funfilled day. Event Details: Event Date: Sunday June 19th 2016 Meeting Time: 3pm and 5pm Where: Fitzgerald’s. Suitable for everyone.

Slí na gCaisleán aka The Seven Galway Castles Heritage Cycle Trail, Sunday 19th June 2016, 10:00am to 5:00pm

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‘Slí na gCaisleán’ (‘The Way of the Castles’) represents a guided ‘Off the Beaten Track’ heritage cycle tour along a trail that encompasses seven castles on the north and eastern side of Galway city and into Galway county. The tour will start from, and finish at, at Terryland Castle in a looped cycle route that will include castles at Menlo, Cloonacauneen, Killeen, Ballybrit, Castlegar and Ballindooley.

This leisurely cycle will journey over hills, along botharins, past abandoned farms, ruined castles, karst outcrops, bogs, lakes, dykes, turloughs and meadows Cycling up to 10km to 50km, suitable for everyone.

Contact Phone: +353 87 2935106  Email: speediecelt@gmail.com

Lunchtime Cycle to the Park, Fitzgerald’s Park, The Mardyke, Cork, Wednesday 15th June 2016 12:45pm to 2:00pm

bike 8Lunchtime Cycle to Fitzgerald’s Park. Wherever you are on Wednesday, take a leisurely cycle to Fitzgerald’s Park and enjoy a lunchtime concert with the Cork Academy of Music. Free lunch for the first 100 cyclists! Suitable for everyone, Up to 10km Cycles.

 Contact Phone: 0214924548  Email: bikeweek@corkcity.ie

Positive Mental Health Cycle,Cornmarket, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, Sunday 19th June 2016 10:30am to 2:00pm


The 1st route starts in Ballinrobe, then taking the Claremorris road taking a left for Robeen and left again at Robeen coming home via the Clongowla road into Balinrobe. The distance is 18km. The 2nd route aimed for young children starts in Ballinrobe, Cornmarket, up to New Street onto Convent Rd, then taking a right for Cornaroya and left to Cornmarket, 2.5Km. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided upstairs in the Maple Youth Centre after the event. Downstairs information will be provided about promoting positive mental health, physical health and safety when cycling. Suitable for everyone, up to 10km Cycles

Contact Phone: 087-7714967  Email: ballinrobeyouthcafe@gmail.com

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Conor Mulvihill

Conor is Communications Assistant with the Irish Environmental Network. His background is in science and he has a masters in international relations.