Fingal County Council has announced an exciting programme of free events for Bike Week 2022. Ireland’s 14th annual Bike Week takes place from May 14 to 22 this year. The theme is ‘Click Into Gear’ and the Fingal event programme is designed to get everyone excited about cycling whatever your age or experience.
During Bike Week Fingal County Council will host an official launch for their ‘Cycling Without Age’ initiative. Cycling Without Age trishaw journeys will give older people the chance to feel the wind in their hair as they experience the joy of cycling in St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan.
Local businesses are invited to take part in a free eCargo workshop as part of Bike Week. With climate concerns and the rising cost of fuel creating a barrier to delivery service, perhaps now is the right time for organisations to take an alternative approach. Fingal County Council, and their partner Bleeper, have launched eCargo bike trials in Malahide, Donabate and Rush in the past year and are encouraging businesses to come along and try an eCargo bike in Swords Castle from 2.30-4pm on Friday, 20 May.
Looking for a healthy way to start your day? Take some time out to join in the Spin & Swim event at Velvet Strand Portmarnock by cycling to the beach for a refreshing dip from 8.30am. This opportunity to enjoy a mindful approach to cycling in the sea air is sure to appeal to many.
Bike Week isn’t just for the confident cyclist, it’s the perfect time to get back in the saddle even if you haven’t been on a bike for many years! Fingal County Council’s Active Travel team say they are delighted to offer Adult Cycle Training at Racecourse Park in Baldoyle on Saturday, 21 May from 10am to 12 noon. For those who find returning to cycling is ‘just like riding a bike’, Saturday afternoon offers a great opportunity to explore the newly protected cycle lane route with a guided community cycle from Baldoyle to Howth led by Councillor Joan Hopkins.
Throughout the week Fingal County Council will host a series of school events including an inclusive cycling workshop with St. Michaels House, BMX workshops at the St Catherine’s Park Velodrome and Bling Your Bike and Superhero Cycle challenges.
For those unable to make it to a physical event there are plenty of opportunities to join the fun online. Cycle a distance of 25, 50 or 100km at the gym or at home and submit a photo or screenshot of your distance tracker to earn a special Bike Week medal in the virtual cycling challenge.
Heading to school or the shops? Why not ‘Cycle There’? Share a photo of any cycle you take during Bike Week using #CycleThere and tag @FingalCoCo to be in to win some great cycling prizes.
In grand Bike Week tradition, the week of cycling celebration will end with a very special family fun day at Malahide Castle from 12-5 on Sunday, 22 May. The day will feature cycle-in movies, outdoor games and fitness activities, bike servicing and a chance to meet the Active Travel team and learn more about plans for the future of cycling and walking in Fingal. There’ll be freebies, trishaw spins, food stalls and much more with something to suit every member of the family!
For all of these events, as well as recommended cycle route maps, visit www.fingal.ie/bikeweek. The public is encouraged to register early for events to avoid disappointment as Bike Week events are expected to book out.