Register to Bi-Cycle with Pride (coffee & cake too)

Galway Cycling Campaign is delighted to co-host a special edition of our CycleCoffeeCake events with Galway Community Pride in Galway city centre this Sunday morning, 16 August.

Bi-Cycle Pride & Coffee / Bi-Cycle agus Caife is a special co-hosted event between Galway Cycling Campaign and Galway Community Pride for the 2020 festival.

** EVENT DETAILS **
Sunday 16 August 2020
10.30am – 12.30pm
Meet: Raven Terrace, Galway’s Westend, from 10am
Depart: 10.30am sharp
Route: Galway’s city centre
Coffee & Cake: At Raven Terrace from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

People are asked to gather at Raven Terrace from 10am for a prompt 10.30am departure. The route will be at a gentle pace throughout the city and arrive back at Raven Terrace about 11.30am for coffee and cake at a local café.

** Participants must register online here in advance to comply with Covid-19 public health advice.

The Bi-Cycle and Coffee event is supported by Cllr Owen Hanley, Cllr Níall McNelis, and Simon Heaslip and Galway’s Westend Traders Association.

Co-organiser Martina Callanan encourages people to dress up.

“Wear your rainbow colours, paint your faces, and bling out your bike. CycleCoffeeCake events have been a huge success this summer with a diversity of cyclers of all ages and abilities. We are delighted to Bi-cycle with Pride.”

Cllr Owen Hanley, co-organiser, says that in normal times, the Sunday morning event of Galway Community Pride is an open house at Teach Solais for people to gather for chats and cups of tea. 

“This year is different, and with so many people back on bikes, Bi-Cycle & Coffee is the perfect way to come together for a fun and socially distant event.”

The regular CycleCoffeeCake events have been enormously popular since the lifting of lockdown. They have explored different parts of the city including Blackrock, Salthill, the city centre, Renmore to Roscam, showing novice cyclers and those who hopped back on the saddle quiet routes through neighbourhoods and creating opportunities for adults to nurture cycling confidence.

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July Stimulus can change Galway cityscape: bike racks will be like wildflowers – popping up everywhere

Our chairperson Kevin Jennings outlines what the ‘big pot of July Stimulus mobility funding’ can do to create jobs and #ChangeOurStreets

Bike parking and flowers from West Midlands Big Summer of Cycling and Walking campaign, funded by Transport for West Midlands in order to keep the region moving during the COVID-19 recovery phases and beyond.

The government’s July Stimulus programme has created opportunities to quickly change our streets by creating more facilities for people who walk, wheel and cycle, according to the Galway Cycling Campaign. With funding available from the National Transport Authority, local contractors can be hired to implement shovel-ready projects, and so immediately boost employment while making  safer streets. 

“We understand that the big pot of July Stimulus mobility funding will fully cover the provision of new cycle tracks, bike parking, reducing road widths at crossing points and raised zebra crossings,” says chairperson Kevin Jennings.

“The public engagement process during the first City Mobility Team’s tenure showed overwhelming support for the need for more public space to walk to the local shops, cycle to GAA training, and go about  daily business throughout the city.”

“We hope to see bike parking racks pop up everywhere, like wildflowers. Anywhere there is a bike tied to a pole, that shows the need for secure and shelter bicycle parking. We encourage local shops, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants to ask the Council to install bike racks at their businesses. Bicycles should never obstruct footpaths.”

Relevant legislation gives Council Executives power to be quick and nimble in reallocating road and street space. Ne

#iBikeSalthill

“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s vision and ambition to reallocate public space in order to support residents and local businesses is inspiring,” says Mr Jennings. 

“We understand from our councillors that the Salthill Cycleway is still a possibility within reach. We have written to the Council to suggest that they make contact with DLRCC and arrange a tour for some Council and business representatives to examine the two-way cycleway from Blackrock to Sandycove via Dublin’s Salthill to see first-hand what is possible. DLRCC and local businesses have worked closely together and residents and visitors are reaping the benefits.”

Neasa Bheilbigh and her son MacDara. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Neasa Bheilbigh of the Galway School Cycle Bus says,” With the imminent reopening of schools and public health advice continuing to recommend walking and cycling where possible, many parents will want an alternative to families cocooning in their cars at school gates.”

She continues, “July Stimulus funds specifically provide money for reducing road widths at crossing points and raised zebra crossings, which will help children cross roads more safely on their school routes in the city centre and suburbs.” 

“We suggest that schools and parents contact their local councillors to make requests to the Council for safer routes to school.”

Read the story in the Galway Advertiser, 13 August 2020

CycleCoffeeCake spins to Renmore and Roscam

An August Bank Holiday with a different spin – a gentle social cycle from Renmore to Roscam hosted by the Galway Cycling Campaign

CycleCoffeeCake at Ballyloughane Beach, Renmore

CycleCoffeeCake pedalled away to the Galway city east for the August Bank Holiday with new and returning faces joining the group.

The route was led by Dan Clabby, Treasurer of Galway Cycling Campaign and a local, who gave shared some local history as the route travelled from The Huntsman Inn, down the Black Path to Lakeshore Drive for stunning views of Lough Atalia, a stop at Ballyloughane Beach, and on to a mostly unknown short lane between Lurgan Park and the Dublin Road.

The direct route from Moneenageisha junction to Supermacs on the Old Dublin Road near the entrance to Merlin Park University Hospital is 2.1km on a busy arterial route, which is unpleasant to cycle. It includes an identified bicycle blackspot for collisions and injuries.

The quiet route that CycleCoffeeCake explored shows that it possible to make this journey on quiet calm streets away from the noisy main road with buses, trucks and vans.

After a brief dismount to walk the footpaths in front of Galway Crystal, the group continued to the Rosshill Road, a quieter road which connects to the Old Dublin Road and the coastal route to Oranmore.

The group returned along most of the same route, only changing after Lurgan Park to continue by the Kingfisher sports centre, Renmore Scouts Den, Renmore Playing Fields, Scoil Chaitríona primary school, the Galway Hospice and Church of St Oliver Plunkett, to the Full Duck Café on Renmore Road.

The next CycleCoffeeCake will take place as part of Galway Community Pride on Sunday 16 August 2020 in the city centre.

Galway Cycle Bus announces summer Family Cycles

Save some August dates in your diaries for Family Cycles in Oranmore, Renmore and Knocknacarra.

The Galway CycleBus is delighted to announce that they will organise three Family Cycles in August in Oranmore, Renmore and Knocknacarra.

Communities all over the city and county want to establish cycle buses in the absence of safe and protected cycle ways to schools. These family cycles will hopefully make connections between parents and encourage them to establish cycle buses in their own areas. 

In Oranmore on Saturday 22 August, the family cycle will tour the village and take the Maree Road out to Renville Park for a picnic and games. 

In Renmore on Saturday 5 September, a family quiz will be followed by a spin around the residential and amenity areas, and will conclude with a trip to the beach in Ballyloughane for fun and games. 

In Knocknacarra (date TBC), a family cycle around the neighbourhood will finish with a treasure hunt in Barna Woods. 

Parents, schools and local businesses are invited to get involved and contact the Galway CycleBus at [email protected] or on social media. 

These events coincide with the Cycling Rural Collective’s campaign to ‘Get to School on Your Own Fuel’.

Galway cyclists call for lower speed limits

Galway needs to follow the example of Wales and decrease its speed limits for urban areas from 50km/h to 30km/h. All welcome to our online public meeting with Gwenda Owen of Cycling UK- Wales.

Galway city council is currently in the process of a public consultation about revising speed limit bye-laws throughout the city and Kevin Jennings, chairperson of Galway Cycling Campaign, believes that Galway should be inspired by the Welsh Government’s report that is recommending 30km/h replace 50km/h as the default speed limit on urban roads throughout the country and should embrace the benefits of slower speeds.

If the legislation is passed, Wales will become the first country in the world to reduce the default speed limit for urban areas to 20mph.

He said: “If someone is struck by a vehicle at 30km/h, their chance of survival is up to 97 per cent. This decreases with every kilometre driven faster.

There is also evidence that injuries are reduced when 30km/h limits are introduced and that 30km/h limits lead to more walking and cycling and lower noise levels. It’s more important now than ever to have safer streets and spaces for walking and cycling.

“A lower citywide speed limit would be life-changing because slower speeds will improve the places where we live, work, and go to school. We saw during lockdown that people were encouraged to walk and cycle more because they felt safer doing so.

“We look forward to working with Galway City Council to support lower speeds limits. We are happy to see public support for citywide lower speed limits from An Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley and chair of the Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Níall McNelis.”

Gwenda Owen, Cycling UK – Wales

On Friday 7 August, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, the advocacy group will host its monthly meeting online via Zoom with Gwenda Owen of Cycling UK – Wales the special guest speaker.

Owens has played a significant role creating public support for the benefits of slower speeds in cities, towns, and villages by working closely with grassroots and community organisations and sat on the Welsh Government’s Walking and Cycling Action Plan Steering Group, which produced the Walking and Cycling Strategy for Wales in 2014.

Spokesperson for Galway Cycling Campaign Martina Callanan said; “The majority of our primary and secondary schools, primary care centres, community centres, and sports grounds are in our suburbs, outside the inner city zone, as well as Galway University Hospital, Bon Secours and Merlin Park hospital campuses, and GMIT.

“These are places that many people arrive at by foot and bike. Lower speed limits will make it safer, healthier, and much more pleasant, to choose active travel.”

Email [email protected] for the online Zoom link.

Read the story on Galway Advertiser

Back on the saddle – CycleCoffeeCake pedals to Renmore this August Bank Holiday weekend

CycleCoffeeCake pedals off again this August bank holiday weekend on Saturday 1 August at 10.30am from the Huntsman Inn, College Road. The route will explore quiet and calm routes to and through Renmore, Ballyloughnane beach, and Roscam.

The first CycleCoffeeCake event pedalled from Nimmo’s Pier in the Claddagh to Blackrock and finished and Ground & Co Salthill.

CycleCoffeeCake is a gentle social cycle event for adults of all ages and abilities. People who are new cyclers, nearly-new or who have returned to cycling during coronavirus lockdown are particularly welcome.

For contact tracing purposes, participants must register in advance for CycleCoffeeCake here.

The cycle will last about one hour and end at a local café for coffee, cake and chats.

The Galway CycleBus will host a family cycle in Renmore with more later in August so parents who are considering cycling with their children to Scoil Caitríona and Scoil Dara in just a few weeks time may find that CycleCoffeeCake gives them the boost of confidence they want to feel able and safe cycling within their neighbourhood.

Organiser Martina Callanan says that a remarkable two thirds of participants of CycleCoffeeCake events this summer are women who are new to cycling or have hopped back on the saddle after years, or decades, of absence.

Women are the reason we have a bike boom this summer. It’s almost impossible to buy a new or second hand bike in Galway. Mammies have rediscovered their own joy and freedom in cycling after spending time with their children on bikes during lockdown.

Many want to feel confident again on bikes, and CycleCoffeeCake events shows them quiet routes in their neighbourhoods as well as access to a community of people who want cycling to be a very real and safe option for everyday transport. “

Neasa Bheilbigh of the Galway CycleBus in Knocknacarra says that many parents want their children to cycle to school.

Cycling is quick and independent transport, which saves parents time, and is easy exercise for young people. As we prepare to go back to school, mums, parents and caregivers want safe and quiet cycle routes for their children and teenagers. CycleCoffeeCake is a great way for parents to regain their own confidence on bikes.

Eqre Square is about 12-18 minutes by bike from Renmore and 24-30 minutes from Roscam. Travels times are based on a gentle pace of 16kmph and include wait times at junctions.