Social cycle / CycleCoffeeCake spins to Gort and Coole Park

Social cycle / CycleCoffeeCake spins to Gort and Coole Park

Join us for the first CycleCoffeeCake in County Galway!  Galway Cycling Campaign and the Burren Lowlands are teaming up for a 40km social cycle for adults from Gort to Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee and Lydican Castle, Ardrahan. We particularly welcome adult women who want some confidence to stay on their saddles since they hopped back on during lockdown. Women who are new, nervous, or returned to cycling since lockdown are particularly welcome. (more…)

Virtual community screening / MOTHERLOAD, the movie: a covideo party and Zoom Q&A with director Liz Canning

Virtual community screening / MOTHERLOAD, the movie: a covideo party and Zoom Q&A with director Liz Canning

Our grand finale to Bike Week 2020 is hosting MOTHERLOAD as a virtual community screening and covideo party. We’re delighted that director Liz Canning will join us for a Q&A on Zoom immediately afterward for a panel discussion with urban liveability and health experts.

This 86 minute documentary from the USA captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. It won a Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2019.

Film maker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until her twins were born in 2008. Motherhood was challenging and hauling babies via car felt stifling. She googled ‘family bike’ and discovered people using cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and MOTHERLOAD was born. 

Watch MOTHERLOAD official trailer on YouTube

Join us on Sunday evening, 27 September, for a covideo party on Twitter using the hashtags #MOTHERLOAD #MOTHERLOADgalway.

Film maker Liz Canning will join us straight afterwards for a Q&A with a panel of urban liveability and health experts, parents, and the Galway Cycling Campaign.

Register for your MOTHERLOAD and Zoom meeting links here.

Screening and Q&A details

Links will be emailed to you on the day of the event.

Screening time: 7.30pm to 9pm

Q&A on Zoom: 9pm to 10pm

Handles: @MOTHERLOADmovie @GalwayCycling

Hashtags: #MOTHERLOAD #MOTHERLOADmovie #MOTHERLOADgalway #BikeWeek2020

Bike Week 2020

This event is organised by the Galway Cycling Campaign and funded through a Bike Week 2020 grant awarded by Galway City Council.

Bike Week is a Government of Ireland initiative, under the broader Active Travel initiative.

Bike Week gets creative and goes online with Dutch Ambassador & friends

Galway Cycling Campaign was awarded funds this week from Galway city and county councils for an ambitious, diverse and inclusive range of events for Bike Week 2020 which begins this Saturday 19 September and runs until Sunday 27 September. 

Webinars, live streaming events, social media events, social media engagement, online video, and podcasting are some of the ways Galway Cycling Campaign will engage people in everyday cycling.

** Indicate your interest in online events here – Registration links will follow **

“We’re disappointed that with covid restrictions, it’s not possible to offer people as many changes to engage with us face to face,” said Martina Callanan, deputy chairperson.

“Since March we’ve hosted many online events and we’re pleased to offer a terrific programme with high profile guest speakers on a range of everyday cycling topics, as well as creative ways for people to share their everyday cycle journeys.”

Are bikes good for business?

His Excellency Mr Adriaan Palm, Ambassador at The Netherlands Embassy to Ireland

Dutch Ambassador to Ireland, HE Adriaan Palm will be the special guest at a lunchtime webinar on Thursday 24 September on  “Bike Parking Means Business: investing in bicycle parking is investing in local and loyal customers”. 

Ambassador Palm will be joined by a Dutch expert and CEO of Dublin Town, Richard Guiney. 

This event will be of particular interest to local businesses and retailers in the city centre, suburbs, and county.

** Indicate your interest in online events here – Registration links will follow **

Road safety: European and international policy perspective

Matthew Baldwin, European Coordinator for Road Safety

On Friday lunchtime, Matthew Baldwin, the first European Coordinator for Road Safety and DG MOVE Deputy Director General, will be the key speaker at a webinar on road safety.

He will outline why cities across Europe are embracing 30kmph speed limits in retail, recreational and residential areas.

The Deputy DG will also discuss the challenges and opportunity for active travel during coronavirus.

** Indicate your interest in online events here – Registration links will follow **

MOTHERLOAD, the movie: a covideo party and Q&A

MOTHERLOAD, the movie – trailer (2019) Winner of Sundance Special Jury Prize

The finale for Bike Week will be a special covideo party of MOTHERLOAD on Sunday 27 September at 7.30pm. This 86 minute documentary from the USA captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. It won a Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2019.

Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until her twins were born in 2008. Motherhood was challenging and hauling babies via car felt stifling. She googled ‘family bike’ and discovered people using cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and documented her journey. 

MOTHERLOAD will be streamed online and people are invited to join in the covideo party and Twitter conversation using the hashtag #MOTHERLOADGalway. Free tickets are available.

Director Liz Canning will join a panel of health and urban liveability experts for a post-screening discussion and Q&A on Zoom. 

** Indicate your interest in online events here – Registration links will follow **

Online virtual events

The Fancy Women Bike Ride is an annual global event celebrating women on wheels. We will have a virtual parade in2020.

There will be two virtual events on social media with prizes for creative participation. Galway will join the annual international “Fancy Women Bike Ride’ of women reclaiming streets by celebrating cycling on Tuesday 22 September. Teenage girls, mums and older women are especially invited to post videos and photos on social media of cycling with family and friends and tag @GalwayCycling plus #FancyWomenGalway

On Saturday 26 September, Galway Cycling Campaign will host a virtual Pedal Parade. This is a call to people of all ages and abilities who cycle a wide range of bicycles to be visible on our streets, city, towns and in society. Post videos on social media of videos and photos and tag @GalwayCycling plus #PedalParadeGalway.

There will be prizes for creative participation of bike racks, baskets, panniers and high quality bike lights and bells.

** Indicate your interest in online events here – Registration links will follow **