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Bike Week Events for Mayo
By MSP
15, Jun 2013 - 12:34

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Mayo Communities roll out National Bike Week with Numerous Events

Would you like to take advantage of the longer brighter days by getting out on your bike? A challenge is going out to all families to dust off their bikes and trikes for a bumper week of cycling activity during National Bike Week 2013 (Please see list of events below which we are aware of at this moment and time).

Over 20 different events are scheduled to take place in Mayo from the 15th - 23rd June beginning on Sunday 16th June with a Group and Family Cycle in Tourmakeady starting at 3pm from the community centre. A full listing of the events can be seen by logging on to www.bikeweek.ie.

"Cycling really has caught on as a form of recreational physical activity for all in the last few years. Last year over 600 people participated in 16 events and we hope to further build on that in 2013" says Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership.

A whole host of other events are due to take place throughout the county with Smart Travel Castlebar organising a free bike check in Castlebar on Monday 17 June from 1-2pm. If you have not used your bike in a while and want to get it checked over for FREE before you get cycling this is the ideal opportunity. Please contact Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Office Mayo Co Council 087 7870055 ngibbons@MayoCoCo.ie or Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Officer, HSE, 094 9042589 thelma.birrane@hse.ie for further details of this and other Smart Travel events.

In speaking on Bike Week Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Officer, HSE West says, "The main focus of Bike Week is to encourage family members to take up cycling as a regular activity in their local community and to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport and physical activity."

Wednesday is also national "Cycle to Work"(COW) day and Green Schools Travel Officer with An Taisce Eva Gannon is encouraging all to get on their bikes and make an effort to cycle to school or work.

A Family Bike Fun Day is scheduled to take part in the Bog Gate Field, Golf Course Rd, Westport ( Beside Gaelscoil na Cruachie) at 3pm on Friday 21st as part of the celebrations for the opening of the Northern section of the Westport Town Greenway. More family and group cycles are also timetabled during the week taking place in Ballina, Currane Achill and Kilmovee on the 22nd June with events taking place in Ardagh, Ballinrobe and Westport on Sunday 23rd June.

Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring whose department has allocated €5,000 towards Bike Week in Mayo has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

" My department is delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile activity which benefits everybody and I would encourage everybody to get out there and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mayo" commented Minister Ring

Bike Week culminates in a showcase event titled "Bike Fest" which takes place at Lough Lannagh Castlebar on Sunday 23rd June 2.15pm - 4.30pm. A free event families, individuals etc are invited to participate in a host of events including free bike / helmet check by local bike shops, family treasure hunt, Bike Buddy (cycle with an experienced cyclist), Lookalikes on Bikes (dress like your idol) and Slow Bicycle / Obstacle Courses. Indeed as people / families will be encouraged to participate in the Roundabout Lookalikes on Bike Challenge at 4pm on the day "All Affairs" costume hire Moneen, Castlebar Tel: 094 9044570 Mobile: 086 8360303 Email: allaffairshire@gmail.com have come on board with a 10% reduction on all items hired for the event. Vouchers to the value of €50 for best fancy dress along with an overall prize fund to the value of €500 will be on offer throughout the event. People are asked to note that the Car Park at Lough Lannagh will be closed to traffic from 12.30 - 4.30 on the day however car parks at Aldi and Lough Lannagh will be available.

A full and detailed listing of all events can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie/news.  For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

 

Bike Week 2013 EVENTS

Event Date / Time Meeting Point Contact Organising Group
Family Cycle To raise awareness of local cycling opportunities Sunday June 16th 3pm Tourmakedy Town Hall Deirdre Cavanagh 087-1162058 Coiste Cultur Teanga agus Forbartha Thur Mhic Eadaigh
Fun Cycle day Promote the benefits of cycling as a healthier option to driving Monday 17th June Mens Shed, Castlebar Patsy McHale 094-9028877 Castlebar Mens Shed
Bike Check All workers will be invited along for free Bike Check Mon 17th June 1-2om GMIT Car Park, Castlebar Thelma Birrane 094-9042589 Smart Travel Castlebar
Bike Day Safety Talk, Slow Bike Race, Obstacle race group cycle by parents afterwards Wed 19th June 6pm Taugheen NS, Claremorris Ger McHugh 086 0568192 Taugheen Community Council
Cycle training For Over 55s Men & Women Wed 19th June 11am Belleek Woods, Ballina Pat 0' Brien 087 2540334 Ballina Lions Club
Bike Check Wed 19th June 7pm Belleek Woods, Ballina Pat 0' Brien 087 2540334 Ballina Lions Club
Cycle Safety Training Free cycle saftey training for all workers Wed 19th June 1-2 Mayo COCO, Castlebar Thelma Birrane 094-9042589 Smart Travel Castlebar
Family Bike Fun Day for Bike Week Part of the Opening of the Northern Section of Westport Town Greenway Friday 21st June 3pm Bog Field, Golf Course Rd, Westport Eva Gannon 087 2471840 Westport SmarterTravel
Cycle Maintenance Workshop 1 hour maintenance workshop in basic bike maintenance for workers Friday 21st June 1-2 St. Marys GMIT, Castlebar Thelma Birrane 094-9042589 Smart Travel Castlebar
BMX Open Day Targeting children of all ages (young and not so young) Sat 22nd June 11am Cycling Center Ballinrobe Brendan Geraghty 087-2343652 Western Lakes Cycling Club
Kilmovee Fun Family Cycle day Skills, Rules of Road, Fun Participation, Group 10k cycle for families Sat 22nd June 12 pm Kilmovee Community Centre Jane Thompson 094 9649813 Kilmovee Family Resource Centre
Generation Bike day All cyclists plus interaction with non-cyclists Sat 22nd June Community Hall, Ardagh John Cronin 086 2616024 Ardagh Community Council
Group Cycle around Currane Penninsula Sat 22nd June Currane, Achill Eileen McNamara 086- 3775702 Muintir a Chorrain Teo
Fun Day Forest Cycle for all the family Sat June 22nd 2pm Belleek Woods, Ballina Sheenagh Honan 096-75573 Women on the Move, Ballina FRC
Family Fun Group Cycle Sunday 23rd June 2pm Tim Hastings Old Garage on Altamont Street, Westport Keith O'Connell 087-9042421 Westport Covey Wheelers Club
Bike Fest Family Fun Dat, Treasure Hunt, Fancy Dress, Bike Check Sun 23rd June 2:.5 -4.30pm Lough Lannagh Car Park, Castlebar Mayo Sport Partnership 094-9047025 Mayo Sports Partnership
Group Cycle Part of Erris Beo Festival Sun 23rd June 4pm Áras Innis Glauire, Belmullett Rina Garrett 09782292 ext. 4 Erris Beo
Novelty Day Dress up Sun 23rd June Community Hall, Ardagh John Cronin 086 2616024 Ardagh Community Council


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