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.

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
  • Ellen Townsend Policy Director at the European Transport Safety Council

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

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, placemakers, 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.

“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

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.

Bike Week 2020

This year Bike Week looks a little different. We’ve organised online meetings, info sessions and working groups since March, and so we’re using this experience to bring you a series of webinars with guests from Ireland, Europe, and the USA.

Bike Parking and the Bottom Line

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020, 1pm – 2pm

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local businesses and retail in Galway city and county. Galway Cycling Campaign invites you to a lunchtime webinar on how quality bike parking can boost local business. We’re all living our lives more locally these days. Government advice is to walk or cycle where possible.  International research shows that quality bike parking is an investment in local, loyal and frequent customers.

  • His Excellency, Adriaan Palm,  Ambassador at The Netherlands Embassy to Ireland
  • Dutch expert (TBC)
  • Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town

>Register for webinar<

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

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020, 1pm – 2pm

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
  • Ellen Townsend Policy Director at the European Transport Safety Council

>Register for webinar<

MOTHERLOAD, the movie

MOTHERLOAD, virtual community screening in Galway and Q&A with director Liz Canning

Date: Sunday, 27 September 2020, 7.30pm – 10pm

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.

 Join the covideo party on Twitter using the hashtags #MOTHERLOAD #MOTHERLOADgalway

Post-screening Q&A with

  • Liz Canning, director of MOTHERLOAD
  • Neasa Bheilbigh, Galway Cycle Bus

>Register for screening and Q&A webinar<

Bike Week 2020 webinars hosted by Galway Cycling Campaign are funded through a grant awarded by Galway City Council through the Active Travel initiative by the Government of Ireland

‘Crazy’ 80kmph speed limit outside Boleybeg primary school

Locals have expressed concerns over proposals by Galway City Council to set a “crazy” 80kmph speed limit outside the gate of a Galway City primary school.

St Joseph’s primary school and Naíonra Cháit

In the draft speed limit bye-laws, the council has designated all of Rahoon Road west of Clybaun Road as 80kmph, including the section outside the site of Scoil Naomh Sheosaimh primary school and naíonra in Boleybeg. This would make it the only school in Galway City with an 80kmph speed limit outside the school gate. 

Neil O’Leary, parent of a child at the naíonra, said, “It’s crazy that Galway City Council would even consider making this section of road 80kmph. There are hundreds of children arriving at the school gates here every day. Yet the bicycle rack remains empty as parents choose to drive to school because it feels safer, and who could blame them? If a child is hit by a vehicle whizzing by at 80kmph, a socially distant funeral is all but guaranteed. At 30kmph, that same child has a 90% chance of surviving and returning to the playground.”

“I cycle my son to and from here most days and I know other parents would like to do the same, or walk with their kids, but don’t feel safe enough to do so. A lower speed limit would make for a much less hostile road environment, help attract more parents out of their cars and fill up the bike-rack at the school” said Mr O’Leary. 

Public consultation on the proposed speed limit bye-laws is open until 16th September. Any concerns or proposals to Galway City Council can be made at http://bit.ly/galwaycityspeedlimits