Cycling Short Films

Cycling Short Films

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Enjoy a free night of short films about, featuring and inspired by bicycles, at the Eye Cinema in Galway. Find out more about the event and register for admittance on

About the event

A celebration of bicycles through films.

A bike-inspired cinema night is one of the novelties planned to add a fresh spark to this summer’s National Bike Week festival.

The series of eight short films explores the depiction of bicycles on film and the work of Irish and international filmmakers interested in this topic.

Highlights of the evening’s celluloid celebration include excerpts from Belfast native Andy Yoong’s new film Break the Cycle, starring Maeve Baxter along with Daniel and Gerard Wolfe, whose exploits on bikes are truly inspirational. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Mourne mountains and Dublin mountain biking trails, this film features the best Irish downhill riders  who narrate their passion for the sport and how important this activity is to ‘break the cycle’ of everyday life.

The evening will also see Niamh Kennedy’s directorial outing documenting the exploits of Dublin cycle couriers – a unique subculture of the Dublin cycling scene. Film buffs will be on the edge of their seats for the Irish cinema premiere of Danny MacAskill’s exploits across the Scottish highlands, and the works of international filmmakers including Coline Maldec on Parisian bike culture, and Canadian Mike McKinley’s examination of BMXers in Vancouver locating urban spots to ride.

Chris Tierney, one of the event organisers, says, “It has been a privilege to work with inspiring filmmakers and collaborators throughout, and we hope you enjoy the resulting programme that is on offer this year, which we are sure will be a spectacular movie night to remember.”

The evening will be of interest to cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

The Galway Bike Festival movie night is being held in the Eye Cinema, and is organised by the Galway Cycling Campaign and supported by the Galway City Council and the Eye Cinema.

The festival, which runs from 18–26 June, will also feature public events with live music, and live cycling performances in Eyre Square.


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Galway Bike Fest Announced (18th -26th of June)!

The complete calendar of events for Galway Bike Festival has just been released. The festival runs from the 18th to the 26th of June, and this year promises to be a spectacular event, with a huge launch in Eyre Square on the 18th of June, with music, fun games and lots and lots of bicycles. The national bike week event launch is being celebrated in Galway- the first time any city outside of Dublin has hosted this opening event.

The Galway Bike Fest calendar outlines a full programme of activities to celebrate bicycles for all ages and interests, taking place all over the city during the week.

Feel free to check out the full calendar of events in English or Irish, and the Facebook and Twitter details relating to the week’s activities.

We also have a handy draft Google calendar of events on our site- this is still being updated.

The Galway Cycling Campaign will be running two events during the festival. These include the hugely popular annual family treasure hunt, and also a movie night of bicycle inspired films:

Family Cycling Treasure Hunt
The annual Family Cycling Treasure Hunt is a chance for children and adults to explore Galway by bike and learn more about cycling safety, skills and culture.

Date & Time: Sunday 26th of June, 2011 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Venue: Starting at Renmore AFC Clubhouse

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Cycling Short Films Cycling Film Shorts
Enjoy a night of short films about, featuring and inspired by bicycles.

Date & Time: Monday 20th of June from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Venue: Eye Cinema, Galway

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Some Other Cycling Sites:, comprising Ireland’s cycling lobby groups

Cork Cycling Campaign

Dublin Cycling Campiagn

Limerick Cycling Campaign

Maynooth Cycling Campaign

Skerries Cycling Initiative

Waterford Walk Cycle Initiative

How the Galway Cycling Campaign Works

Lots of prospective members wonder how the Galway Cycling Campagn works. This document tries to explain how we function, and how stuff gets done.

We are very much a ‘member-driven’ organisation.

This not a group where some leaders decide on policy, and then expect ‘ordinary members’ to do the work.

In the Galway Cycling Campaign, members make their own suggestions as to where we might do some work. If the proposal, no matter how big or small, is within our overall general direction we are happy to support it.

Now here’s they key.

The issue MUST be member driven.
Suggesting something is just the beginning.
The suggestion must be investigated, researched, campagined on, lobbied for, or whatever it takes.
Ideally , everybody is keen , and helps out, and we help organise this. But somebody must drive it forward on a personal level. Without that, the idea will go nowhere, and die fast.

Sometimes, it’s a one-man show in terms of effort, but once somebody had made a start, and shown commitment to the idea, other people help out and the idea gets driven forward.

But it doesn’t mean that just because you mightn’t have the time or energy to drive something forward, you can’t suggest anything.
On the contrary, many, maybe even most ideas where suggested by one individual, but others were happy to drive the idea forward as they felt it was worthy of attention.

But they key is that all our campainging issues are driven by somebody, and not necessarily , or even usually, an office holder.

Ask not what the Galway Campaign can do for you…

Facts About Cycling in Galway

Vulnerable Road Users in Galway*

Age Class
% Equiv. of 1996 population
Total population of the city
Children Age 0-14
Children in Secondary School

Third Level Students

  • GMIT 3,839
  • NUI, Galway 8,450
Persons over 65

*Data from 1996 Census and Atlas of
Galway, secondary school figures are for 1998, third level for 1999/2000

Travel by vulnerable modes in Galway

The 1996 census lists following proportions
for trips to school, college and work by the vulnerable modes in
Galway city (foot, cycle and motor cycle)

    • Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to School

      • Children Aged 5-12:                         37.4

      • Students Aged 13-18:                      47.7

    • Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to College

      • Students Aged 19 and over:      
             81.5 %

    • Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to Work

      • Persons at work aged 15 and over: 30.0 %

Parking in Galway

  • There are at least 10 “no bicycles” signs in Eyre Square, there
    is one municipal bike rack.   It has eleven spaces
    and is of a “wheel gripper” design that can damage bicycles
    and leaves them vulnerable to theft or vandalism.  In a
    1998 submission the GCC requested it’s removal, in 2001 it’s
    still there.

  • Recently the Corporation installed a different, but still unapproved, rack design in
    the Maingurd St, Spanish Arch areas, these allow the frame to
    be locked but do not properly support upright bicycles which fall
    over. The design has also been identified as a trip hazard to

  • There are 1,000 “on street” and 3,000 “off street” car parking
    spaces in Galway city.

Galway’s Roads Network 

  • Galway Corporation has imposed road and junction types with
    a design speed of 60 mph or higher at locations where the stated
    speed limit is 30 mph and where there is mixed traffic of all

  • There are currently 13 multilane roundabouts in the City, the
    accident rate for cyclists on these roundabouts is 14 to 16
    times that of motorists. The accident rate for motorcyclists
    is only slightly lower than that of cyclists.  A national
    study on Irish roundabouts from 1987 raises serious reservations
    about using them where high numbers of two wheelers are expected.
     A Foras Forbatha report in 1979 raised the issue of the
    safety of cyclists in Galway and the roundabouts that were then
    proposed for the city.  Galway corporation was fully aware
    of these issues when they built a further five roundabouts on
    the new Western Distributor road.  More roundabouts are
    planned for the Seamus Quirke rd.

  • Even within predominantly residential areas Galway Corporation
    has a policy of actually specifying the use of road junction designs
    that unnecessarily endanger and inconvenience pedestrians and

  • It is corporation policy to impose “cycleways” of a design
    that results in a baseline 50% increase in the rate of car/bicycle
    collisions. (Rising to a tenfold (x10) increase in some circumstances).

  • There are only 14 signal controlled junctions Galway City, not
    all of these signalised junctions include pedestrian phases. There
    are only 10 signalised pedestrian crossings

  • At some specific locations in the city any cyclist who attempts
    to use the “cycleways” in the manner directed by the accompanying
    signs can expect to incur a tenfold (x10) increase in the risk
    of car/bicycle collision.

  • There are no fixed speed cameras anywhere in Galway City or
    County.  In fact to our knowledge there are no fixed speed
    cameras anywhere in the west of Ireland.

  • Galway Corporation has an established practice of refusing
    to implement road safety measures such as traffic calming even
    when specifically requested by local residents.

  • There are 130 miles of roads in Galway City, up until 2000 there
    was only one road (Murrough Avenue) that had any (2) municipally
    provided speed ramps.

  • At least one major cycling tour operator refuses to bring groups
    to Galway City by bicycle on grounds of road danger.