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National Bike Week: how to get pedalling

Bling your bike, boil an egg with a bike, follow the rickshaw – some intriguing events lined up to get bums on saddles.

Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly launching National Bike Week with some boys from Our Lady of Victories Boys' NS on Ballymun Road.
Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly launching National Bike Week with some boys from Our Lady of Victories Boys' NS on Ballymun Road.

ARE TWO WHEELS better than four? They’re certainly better than no wheels at all. The ‘get on your bike’ message is to be conveyed in National Bike Week events across the country.

We’ve listed just a small selection of them below (note: the days refer to this coming week, unless otherwise specified). The whole show is an initiative from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to encourage more people to cycle – check out bikeweek.ie for the full list of events.

Carlow: Tuesday, all day, Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Tullow – ‘Bling your bike’ competition and bike repair workshop

Cavan: Today, 10am, The Courthouse, Cavan town – Come and Try cycling for children with special needs and their siblings

Clare: Monday, 11am, The Square, Ennis – Guinness World Record attempt to boil an egg using the energy from pedalling a fixed bike

Cork: Wednesday, 7.30pm, Library, Grand Parade – Follow the rickshaw for a mystery guided tour in the city

Donegal: Tomorrow, 11am, Dore Centre, Falcarragh – Family fun relay event

Dublin: Friday, 9pm, Grand Canal Cycle Way – Evening cycling event

Galway: Today, 4pm, Claddagh Hall, Galway city – Family fun day and children’s races

Kerry: Wednesday, 7.30pm, South Square, Sneem – Cycle on the Green

Kildare: Today, all day, Punchestown – Cycling Ireland Sprocket Rocket family cycling festival

Kilkenny: Saturday, 23 June, 1.30pm, The Parade, Kilkenny city – Bike Check Up!

Laois: Tomorrow, 11.45am, The Square, Durrow – Family fun cycle on new south Laois Tourism Bike Trail

Leitrim: Friday, all day, Ballinamore, Leitrim – Family cycling day and safety awareness training

Limerick: Wednesday, 7.30pm, City Hall – ‘Limerick City Wall’ bicycle tour

Longford: Saturday, 30 June, noon, The Mall, Longford – Family fun cycle day

Louth: Thursday 10pm, Dundalk – Midsummer Night cycle (pre-registration needed)

Mayo: Today, 10am, Ballina Town soccer pitch – Get off the couch and yer bike family cycle in Beleek Woods

Meath: Tuesday, 7pm, Retail park, Athboy Road, Dundalk – Race cycling for beginners

Monaghan: Today, 10am, Peter’s Lake, Monaghan town – Toddlers’ trike-athlon

Offaly: Tomorrow, 3pm, Horan’s Shop, Newbridge St, Birr – Family fun cycle 10km

Roscommon: Sunday, 24 June, 9am, The Square, Roscommon – Roscommon Grand Tour

Sligo: Wednesday, noon (boys), 2pm (girls), Slish Wood – Taste of mountain biking for teenagers

Tipperary: Thursday, 10.30am, Foróige Youth Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh – Mountain bike orienteering trek (13-16yrs)

Waterford: Today, noon, Walton Park, Dungarvan – Family extravaganza with stunt riders, entertainment, cycling events

Westmeath: Today, 3pm, Market Square, Mullingar – Bloomsday ‘Bike Style’ competition

Wexford: Wednesday, 11am, Wexford County Hall, Top Car Park, Carricklawn – free safe cycle check and basic cycle skills

Wicklow: Primary school bike week – details from local schools

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