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Dublin Councillors, from left, Jim O'Callaghan FF, Mary Fitzpatrick FF, Andrew Montague LAB.

Dublin Councillors, from left, Jim O'Callaghan FF, Mary Fitzpatrick FF, Andrew Montague LAB.

Dublin Councillors, from left, Jim O'Callaghan FF, Mary Fitzpatrick FF, Andrew Montague LAB.

MICHELLE OBAMA's cavalcade will be gone by tomorrow, clearing the way for a massive cycle through the city.

Thousands of cyclists have already signed up for the Bike To Work Lunchtime City Cycle which is part of National Bike Week. As part of the initiative, the Tolka Valley Greenway in north Dublin was officially opened.

"The Greenway and this wonderful park are a great recreation area for locals and the wider community and are sure to draw people to the area," said Councillor Dr Bill Tormey at the launch.

It is hoped that schemes like the Greenway will convince even more people to take to two wheels.

Dublin is currently as safe as it has been at any time since Irish traffic records began in 1959. On average only one person has been killed cycling in the capital each year since 2009, according to official RSA statistics.

"Facilities like this, the Grand Canal Way Cycle Route and dublinbikes have played a big part in growing cycle numbers," Dr Tormey said.

The councillor was standing in as representative for the Lord Mayor and cut the ribbon to officially open the Greenway.

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The Tolka Valley route is a 4km off-road cycling and walking route linking Glasnevin, Finglas, Cabra and Ashtown. The project – part of a €4.1m, 18.2 hectare extension to Tolka Valley Park – has almost doubled the size of the park. The opening of the Tolka cycleway is the latest in the Green Cycle Network to go live, following the launch of the Grand Canal Way route.

That route, which links the Royal and Grand Canals between Inchicore and Lucan, is now being used by well over 2,000 cyclists each week day.

There are more Greenway routes at the planning stage. Planning permission was granted last month for the first stage of the Sutton to Sandycove route, while a cycleway to Dublin Airport is also in the offing.

The Lunchtime City Cycle leaves from Grand Canal Square at 12.45pm tomorrow.

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