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  • Northside East

Wheels set in motion for bike parade

Monday, 24th June, 2019 1:00pm
Wheels set  in motion for  bike parade

Pictured are pupils from Springdale National School, Edenmore, cyclists from Cycling Without Age and Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe at the launch of the Velo-city 2019 Bike Parade. PHOTO: INPHO/RYAN BYRNE

Wheels set  in motion for  bike parade

Pictured are pupils from Springdale National School, Edenmore, cyclists from Cycling Without Age and Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe at the launch of the Velo-city 2019 Bike Parade. PHOTO: INPHO/RYAN BYRNE

DUBLIN City Council is calling on locals to take part in a fun-filled cycling event this week.  

The Bike Parade will be held on Wednesday, June 26 (3.30pm) as part of the Velo-city 2019 international cycling conference.

Delegates attending the conference will depart from the Convention Centre Dublin and travel along a section of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route.

The route is a UNESCO designated Biosphere and one of Dublin City Council’s and the National Transport Authority’s flagship cycling projects. 

Cycling enthusiasts, school children and families who wish to take part in the Bike Parade with the conference delegates can join the route at the Sails Sculpture in Clontarf, at the junction of Clontarf Road and Alfie Byrne Road. 

The parade will end in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, where a host of activities and attractions are planned for the participants.

Speaking at the launch, newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, said: “On behalf of the city, I look forward to welcoming the international delegates attending the Velo-city 2019 Cycling Conference. 

“I hope that while they are here they will have the opportunity to experience all our wonderfully friendly and vibrant city has to offer. 

“I’m sure that one of their highlights will be taking part in the Bike Parade as it will allow them to enjoy unparalleled views of Dublin Bay.” 

The Bike Parade is just one of the exciting activities happening in the city to celebrate the world’s largest cycling conference coming to Dublin, Velo-city 2019 ‘Cycling for the Ages’, which is taking place in the Convention Centre from June 25-28.

The Bike Parade itself promises not only to deliver to the cyclists some spectacular views of Dublin along the way but participants will also be entertained with extracts from the award-winning play by Steward Parker, Spokesong on a mobile stage towed by a bicycle with a live piano performance on route!  

Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council, said: “The Bike Parade is a fantastic opportunity for Dublin City Council to showcase the S2S route to international delegates and to engage the local community in a family friendly cycle followed by an interactive festival in the beautiful surrounds of St Anne’s Park.” To register for the Velo-city Dublin Bike Parade, please register at https://abbey.eventsair.com/velo-city-2019/bikeparade/Site/Register.

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