Monday 18 December 2017

Thousands turn out for wheely great day

Grainne Cunningham

More than 2,500 cyclists staged a two-wheeled invasion of the streets of the capital yesterday in celebration of National Bike Week.

A motley mix of clowns, male nuns and even an unseasonal Santa joined the pedal parade which cruised across Samuel Beckett Bridge and along City Quay before heading around by Merrion Square and the Pepper Canister Church and finishing in a jamboree at Grand Canal Plaza.

Enthusiasts as young as two joined Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and Junior Minister Alan Kelly for the leisurely cycle to promote health, fitness, saving money and stress-free travel.

While participants in last year's event braved a sudden downpour, this year the sun shone, boosting the number who turned out.

The event took place as a conference prepares to consider why only one in four Irish cyclists is female.

The international conference at Trinity College tomorrow will compare census results with countries such as the Netherlands, where 55pc of cyclists are female.

It is the flagship event of National Bike Week, which began last Sunday.

Irish Independent

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