Back in the saddle — Galway Bike Festival is launched

Get your bikes out because the Galway Bike Festival will take place from Saturday June 9 to Sunday June 17. The event which is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was officially launched in City Hall this week by the Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr Pearce Flannery, and Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway Cllr Eileen Mannion.

Now in its tenth year, the Galway Bike Festival promotes cycling for everyone, supports a dynamic cycling culture in the city and county and aims to increase the number of cyclists in Galway. Galway Bike Festival is a celebration of all that is great about cycling - it’s good for your health, good for the city, and good for the environment.

The event will feature a broad range of different events catering for beginners, second time around cyclists, leisure bikers, and the more serious bicycle enthusiasts. The festival endeavours to attract and encourage cyclists, particularly new cyclists of all age groups to discover the enjoyment and benefits of cycling, promoting a sustainable, healthy and low-carbon means of travel.

The programme includes free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city cycles, heritage cycles, bike maintenance workshops, cycling events for young adults and children with physical disabilities, school cycling events and much more. Organised by Galway City Council and Galway County Council, community groups, charities and cycling groups, there will be something for every age and ability, with cycling events taking place throughout the week all over Galway.

Galway Bike Festival is an opportunity for people to get back in the saddle and reduce their carbon footprint. For commuting or recreation or just for the sheer joy of it, get on your bike. Where will your bike take you? Galway is better by bike.

The full programme can be viewed or downloaded at www.galwaycity.ie or www.galway.ie / [email protected]

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