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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
‘Bi-cycle with Pride’ was a special edition of CycleCoffeeCake and the penultimate event of the Galway Pride Festival 2020.
‘Bi-cycle with Pride’ was the penultimate event of the Galway Pride Festival 2020 last weekend. Co-hosted by Galway Cycling Campaign and Galway Community Pride, the social cycle took a gentle route through Galway’s Westend and the Claddagh, by the markets and up to Eyre Square before returning along the Canal Road to end at Gourmet Tart on Raven Terrace.
This was a special edition of the popular CycleCoffeeCake events for adults who are new, or nearly new, to cycling.
Many women aged 35 to 55 years hopped back on the saddle during lockdown and feel determined to keep pedalling. These weekend morning events at weekends help boost confidence to cycle on city roads and so make cycling a real option for everyday urban transport.
Nearly 70% of the participants use their bikes for everyday transport to local shops, visit friends, or travel to work.
The bike boom of 2020 is due to women buying bikes, with the comfortable stepthrough frames of hybrid bikes being the most popular bicycle sold.
The organisers wish to thank Cllr Owen Hanley, Galway City East, and Cllr Níall McNelis, Galway City West, for their support, as well as An Garda and Galway City Council.
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.
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.
An August Bank Holiday with a different spin – a gentle social cycle from Renmore to Roscam hosted by the Galway Cycling Campaign
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.
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.
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.
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.
Galway Cycling Campaign is a voluntary group which represents cyclists in Galway. We promote cycling as a common and accessible form of transport with the goal of creating a more liveable Galway for everyone.