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…)

Lunchtime webinar / Safer Roads, Safer Cities, Better Lives: The view from Europe and the UN

Lunchtime webinar / Safer Roads, Safer Cities, Better Lives: The view from Europe and the UN

Decisions made by the European Commission and the UN have an impact on the road design and safety of our urban roads, residential streets, and bóithirín. Insights into the impact of the lockdown on road safety from across Europe will be discussed as well as ideas for how we deal with a transition out of it. 

Lower speed limits and 30kmph zones are hot topics right now after recent public consultations in Galway and Dublin – and the UN. 

Our guests from Europe will share how and why safe walking and cycling infrastructure and reducing speeds must be at the heart of our transport and mobility evolution.

  • Matthew Baldwin, the first European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility. Deputy DG MOVE at European Commission
  • Ellen Townsend, Policy Director at the European Transport Safety Council
  • Rod King MBE, Founder and Campaign Director of 20’s Plenty for Us / Love30

>Register for Safer Roads, Safer Cities, Better Lives lunchtime webinar here<<

Comments from our guest speakers

I’m delighted to be joining this webinar in Galway to chat about road safety, sustainable mobility and the importance of good infrastructure and speed management from the EU perspective.” – Matthew Baldwin, Deputy DG MOVE

On behalf of ETSC, I hope I can share some of our insights into the impact of the lockdown on road safety from across Europe as well as our ideas for how we deal with a transition out of it. Investing in safe cycling and walking infrastructure and reducing speeds must be at the heart of this mobility evolution.” – Ellen Townsend, ETSC

It’ll be great to talk. The General Assembly of the UN has just endorsed the concept of 30kmph being the default urban/ village speed limit. I am pleased to share how countries are setting 30kmph as a national default.” – Rod King MBE

Webinar details

The webinar will be recorded and shared on the Galway Cycling Campaign’s website and YouTube channel.

Please join us from 12.50 for a prompt 1pm start.

This webinar is aimed at local and national policymakers, place makers, political representatives, academics, people interested in liveable neighbourhoods, representatives from the business community, community groups, and representatives of the cycling community. 

The conversation will identify local challenges and opportunities as well as demonstrating some practical examples from across Europe. 

Guests can join in the conversation using the Chat and ask questions through the Q&A functions throughout the presentations.

There will be an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end of the session.

>>Register here for Safer Roads, Safer Cities, Better Lives lunchtime webinar<<.

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.

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.