National Bike Week returns to Mayo from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, May 22. Mayo Sports Partnership, in conjunction with the local Bike Week steering committee, invites you to 'Click into Gear' and participate in some of the 25 events taking place throughout Mayo.
The events include family cycles in Kilmovee, Westport and Ballina. Learn to Cycle programmes involving children with a disability, Balance Bike Blitz for pre-schoolers in Ballinrobe, and much more. This year the massively popular lunchtime school cycles also takes place in in venues such as Westport, Castlebar and Ballina.
At the Bike Week Mayo launch in Ballina chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership Cllr Michael Loftus encouraged everyone of all ages and abilities to take part, saying: "We are delighted to see schools and communities throughout the county get in behind this worthwhile campaign which has been in operation since 2010. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we will all be able to get up on our bikes."
All of the events are organised locally by community groups/clubs and are co-ordinated by Mayo Sports Partnership and Bike Week Steering Committee members including Mayo County Council road safety and smarter travel offices, An Taisce Green Schools, Gardai, community councils and cycling groups from throughout Mayo. For a full list of events see www.bikeweek.ie or www.mayo.ie/sports-partnership/news
In addition to the many events taking place across the county during the week the overall prize of a bike is up for grabs. Simply post a photo on social media, and tag Mayo Sports Partnership using the hashtag #bikeweekmayo. Listen in to the Tommy Marren show on Midwest Radio for full details on this and the many events happening.
The benefits to be gained from cycling are immense. They include improved health, reduced traffic congestion, better air quality, improved accessibility to transport, and reduced costs. Cycling is a fantastic way to get from A to B, to enjoy the countryside or just to get some air and exercise.
Bike Week is coordinated at a national level by the Department of Transport. For more information, visit www.bikeweek.ie If posting or tweeting about events or activities during Bike Week, please use the hashtags #bikeweek2022 and #clickintogear.