THE flagship event of the BeSpoke Festival will be a riverside family cycle around Limerick city.
The festival, running from June 13-21, which was launched in gorgeous sunshine in the city this Tuesday, aims to get people back in the saddle and promote sustainable transport through a variety of free events.
The week long festival - a National Bike Week initiative - features the riverside cycle, starting and finishing on the waterfront at Howley’s Quay on June 21, followed by a family fun day along the quayside, with entertainment and refreshments on the boardwalk.
There will also be a Summer Solstice bike ride from the city to Lough Gur and back, and repair workshops at various venues around the city during the festival, as well as lots of fun for schools through competitions and a travel exhibition.
Kicking off proceedings this Saturday from 10am-5pm will be a BeSpoke expo area located on Bedford Row, where members of the public can enjoy a free bike health check along with entertainment, music, spot prizes and more.
Co-ordinated by Limerick Smarter Travel in tandem with Limerick Sports Partnership and An Taisce Green Schools, the festival has at its heart an ambition to encourage people to use more sustainable modes of transport, such as the two wheeled variety.
“Within the last few months alone we’ve had the roll out of the Public Bike Scheme and become the first city in Ireland to offer free access to secure bike lockers and bike stands while also making bike parking spaces available at multi-story car parks,” explained Pat O’Neill of Limerick Smarter Travel.
“We’re also in the process of developing, maintaining and promoting new and existing recreational infrastructure and we’re confident that the huge line up of events for the BeSpoke festival will help to increase the number of cyclists on our roads,” he added.
Full information on all the events taking place as part of the BeSpoke cycling festival are available at www.limericksmartertravel.ie.