TWO “home grown initiatives” aimed at getting people to take up cycling will be launched this weekend.
Limerick Smarter Travel and the Milk Market have teamed up to wheel out the initiatives this Saturday and Sunday, with the intention to encourage more families to take up cycling as part of their daily routine.
The first initiative, starting this and every Friday from 10am-3pm will see a market stall taken over as a pop-up shop for bicycle service and repair, with members of the public able to check in their bikes for affordable minor bicycle repairs and servicing.
Delivered in partnership with St Mary’s Aid, 12 new community bicycle mechanics from across Limerick have been trained and will take part in the bike maintenance.
The second event, launching on Sunday in the Milk Market and continuing each Sunday in January, is Cycling Ireland’s eight-week Sprocket Rocket cycling training for kids aged between 5-11 years. The project is being delivered in partnership with Sophie’s Journey Foundation and there are also 10 newly trained instructors taking part.
“We are proud to support these unique home grown initiatives while working closely with local partners and individuals as they provide worthwhile services that promote healthy lifestyles and eco-friendly travel alternatives such as cycling in and around Limerick,” said David Fitzgerald, Milk Market manager.
“We are encouraging individuals and families to call into the Milk Market on Fridays for Bicycle Repair and Sundays for Cycling Training, where they can avail of these unique and affordable services while enjoying the distinctive Milk Market atmosphere and offering,” he added.
Miriam O’Donoghue, project manager with Limerick Smarter Travel, said: “We hope that people will be encouraged to come along to the Milk Market over the coming weeks, whether it is to have their bikes made road worthy for the New Year or gain the cycling skills needed to keep them safe while out cycling”.
See www.limericksmartertravel.ie or call 061 407453 for more.