The bicycle will take centre stage in Limerick this Saturday when Minister Alan Kelly launches National Bike Week at Bedford Row.
The Limerick Smarter Travel Expo will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, June 14 and will kickstart the nationwide cycling festival.
Throughout the day Limerick people will be treated to a free exhibition on the history of the bicycle in Ireland. There will be a free maintenance check on bicycles and anyone who is dusting down a bike that has remained unused for some time is welcome to bring it to the bike mechanics for advice and safety tips.
This Sunday, June 15, the annual family cycle will take place at the University of Limerick and there will be a choice of two routes - a 5km or an 8km cycle. The health benefits of cycling will be highlighted on the route by the Irish Heart Foundation.
The Riverside Bike Parade on Sunday June 22 is the festival highlight and will take cyclists on a tour of the city’s waterfront beginning at Howley’s Quay. This will be followed by a family fun day along the refurbished quayside. There will be events for all ages including games, music, refreshments and spot prizes. Fancy dress is recommended. “This is the time to rediscover or demonstrate your love of cycling,” said the festival organisers.