Bike Week is held once a year. It's a celebration of all that is great about bikes and cycling. It’s also all about embracing climate change and reducing carbon emissions. Bike Week takes place between 12th to 18th Sepember.
Kildare County Council encourages everyone, young and old, to play their part. Why not leave the car behind this week and hop on your bike?
Some key events held in Bike Week 2021:
Enjoy a leisurely cycle along the Greenways between Naas and Sallins or Maynooth and Kilcock. Cycle any distance, any time, any day along the Greenways of Kildare and join in the fun of cycling for Bike Week
Get smart, get active and get on your bike when travelling to work, school or sport! Cycling is a great way of getting from A to B and its fun and healthy too. Try it this week during #BikeWeek and think #ActiveTravel
‘The Art of Cycling’ – An art competition describing the beauty and benefits of cycling in Kildare. A winning entry may also even be chosen to inspire an artist to replicate your artwork as a mural on a wall in County Kildare.
There are entry two categories; (i) People up to the age of 13 and (ii) People aged between 13 age 25.
With some great prizes in store, there’s lots of great ideas and activities for you to get creative on. Under your artwork, you must write a short paragraph outlining what your artwork describes.
Ger thinking, get creative and get on your bike! – Submit your entries by email only to: TheArtOfCyclingInKildare@gmail.com
Closing Date for all entries is: Thursday 30th September at 5.00pm. Postal entries will not be accepted.
Supported by Kildare County Council Arts Officer.
Webinar – ‘All things bicycles’
Kildare County Council will host a webinar on Tuesday at 7.30pm. ‘All things bicycles’ will be launched by our Deputy Mayor, Carmel Kelly with a fantastic range of guest speakers also in attendance. Our focus is firmly on getting our teenagers and young children on their bicycles to cycle to school and sports events in their towns and villages. It is also hoped that it will encourage parents to get their children out on bicycles and to cycle as a family. A Q&A session will be held at the end so you and members of the public can take advantage of the expertise and experience available on the night. Check out Kildare County Council’s Social media for updates and link.
Cycle Safety Skills
It’s important to young people about safe cycling skills and tips before they take to the road for a spin! #CycleSafety courses are being delivered in various schools this week as part of Bike Week.
Mon 13th – Ardclough National School
Tue 14th – Straffan National School
Thur 16th – Caragh National School
Fri 17th – North Kildare educate Together School, Celbridge.
Dara Project Cycle
Kildare County Council’s Cycling Officer has donated a secure container to the Dara project for its ‘Community Bike Repair’ workshop project for the youth of Athy.
The Dara Project will cycle from Athy to Vicarstown, Co. Laois. The project is a drug free Community Employment structured day programme for people in recovery from substance misuse.
The programme empowers its members to reach their full potential, and aim to support, empower and equip each person to live a drug free life, helping all participants become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
COW Day – Cycle on Wednesday
Primary and Secondary school students are invited to participate in the COW Day which enables students to cycle to and from school on this specific Wednesday.
Students – Infinity Cycles Free Bicycle Maintenance Check
Bring your bicycle to the outdoor bike repair workshop on your way to school, for a free bicycle maintenance check, provided by Infinity Cycles Athy at Emily Square from 8am to 9am. Open to students only during this time.
Infinity Cycles will also provide a free bicycle maintenance check for the public between 10am and 1pm at Emily Square Athy on Wednesday 15th.
Cycle Clinic – Mobile Bicycle Repair Workshop
The Cycle Clinics mobile bike repair workshop will be attending six locations in County Kildare, providing free bicycle assessment and maintenance checks.
Wednesday 15th – Castledermot at Behan’s Service Station Cycle Café between 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 15th – Monasterevin at Riverside Park, Monasterevin between 2pm – 5pm
Friday 17th – Kilcock – The Square, Kilcock between 10am to 1pm
Friday 17th – Maynooth at the Greenway Harbour, Maynooth between 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 18th – Naas Greenway at the Harbour Stores from 9am to 11am
Saturday 18th – Crookstown Service Station Cycle Café from 12pm to 3pm
Active Travel Cycle
TY Students at Ardscoil, Athy and Scoil Padraig, Athy will be involved in an Active Travel Cycle to and from school. They will also be pressing the peddle on parents/guardians to ditch the car and hop on the saddle to school.
Lilywhite Lunchtime Cycle
Whether you are back at work or still working from home, take a break from the canteen or kitchen table and grab your bike and go for a spin as part of your lunch break. Join in on the Lilywhite Lunchtime Cycle. Your Route – Your Group.
Cycle to Work Day
For those who have returned to work, ditch the car and pass the ques of traffic by cycling to work.
Naas Heritage Cycle
Get on your bike and join the historical tour of Naas. Friday evening at 6pm from the Harbor Stores, Naas.
Launch – Kildare Cycle Café (Stage One) The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Naoise O’ Cearuil will launch Stage One of the Kildare Cycle Café scheme.
To close off Bike Week, a Car Free Sunday Cycle will take place along the Naas – Sallins Greenway. Starting at K-Leisure, Naas at 11am.
During Bike Week, please use the #bikeweek and #kildare in any of your social media posts.