National Bike Week

  • National Bike week is in full swing (June 22nd to June 30th )and Mayo County Council is setting a challenge to motorists to park the car for just one day this week or one trip and take the bike . With the country fully focused on Climate Change the local authority has outlined 12 reasons why everyone should take on this challenge.

    Leading the challenge in Mayo will be the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council cllr Brendan  Mulroy who will park his car to make the journey on bike from Westport to Newport to his place of work.

     

    1. It's easier to finance a new bicycle than a new car. For the price of a single car payment, you can buy a bicycle that should outlast most cars. Add a couple hundred euro more for rain gear, lights and accessories, and you have all-weather, anytime transportation.And why not avail of the bike to work scheme to make your initial outlay easier (https://www.biketowork.ie/ )

     

    1. A bicycle has a very small manufacturing footprint when compared to a car.
    2. Bicycles produce no meaningful pollution when in operation. They have no exhausts  belching poisonous fumes into the atmosphere.
    3. Bikes save taxpayers money by reducing road wear. A 7 kg  bicycle is a lot less rough on the road surface than a two-ton vehicle .
    4. Bicycles are an effective alternative to a second car. You can save thousands of euro a year using a bicycle for workday commuting and weekend errands in households which might otherwise be forced to maintain two cars. You don't have cycle all the way to work, you can put the bike in the boot and drive some of journey and cycle the remainder. 
    5. Using a bike for transportation can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. Depending on your riding style and local road conditions, you could easily burn 600 calories an hour through brisk cycling. Most bike commuters report losing 8 kgs to 14 kgs pounds during their first year in the saddle without changing their eating habits.
    6. You can store a dozen bicycles in a single car -sized parking place.
    7. A healthy bike culture will help ease pressure on supply when demand for fuel increases.
    8. Bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas. There's nothing more satisfying as a bicycle commuter than breezing past a long line of gridlocked traffic.
    9. Bikes cost much less to maintain and operate than cars.
    10. Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or can afford to drive.Almost everyone can afford some sort of bike. Other than walking, bicycles are the most cost-effective transportation on the planet.
    11. Studies show that bicycle commuters are healthier, more productive, and require less time off at work. Bikes are smart business.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Drivers are being warned not to park or drive in cycle lanes.

    'Operation' Cycle Lanes " gets underway in County Mayo today, as Bike Week kicks off across the country.

    6 cyclists have been killed on the roads so far in 2018.

    Mayo County Council Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons told Midwest News that cycle lanes need to be safer for cyclists.

     

  • National Bike Week gets underway this weekend, and drivers are being urged to slow down and keep a safe distance when overtaking cyclists on both rural and urban roads.

    Motorists should also check for passing cyclists before opening a door to exit a vehicle.

    Cyclists, for their part, are being reminded to follow the rules of the road .

    National Bike Week runs from 22nd to 30th June and is a celebrations of all the positive elements of cycling, with hundreds of events and activities taking place across the country and across Co Mayo.

    The Transport Minister Shane Ross,  the Road Safety Authority, Gardai and the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network  have come together to call on drivers to slow down and keep a safe distance when overtaking cyclists - on both urban and rural roads.

    Drivers are urged to treat cyclists with respect, and share the road safely.

    This means giving cyclists enough space when overtaking them - that's 1 metre in speed zones up to 5o km/h and 1.5 metres in zones over 50 km/h - as cyclists can be thrown off course by sudden gusts of wind, or when having to avoid potholes or uneven road surfaces.

    Drivers should also check their mirrors regularly for cyclists, and both drivers and passengers - before getting out of a vehicle - should check for passing cyclists before opening the door.

    Gardai are reminding cyclists also to follow the rules of the road at all times-  especially when it comes to traffic lights, footpaths and one-way streets.

    They should also ensure their bikes are roadworthy, with brakes, tyres and chain all in good working order, and with lights and reflectors.

    Cyclists are also urged to wear reflective clothing and a helmet when cycling.

    Locally, the Mayo Road Safety Office this week distributed some number plates to youg cyclists for their bikes.

    The brightly-coloured number plates contain a number and safety message, and hang under the bicycle saddle in a bid to increase the chances of other road users seeing he cyclist.

     

     

  • National Bike week in Ireland gets underway from Saturday next, and according to the Road Safety Officer for Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons, the explosion in bike usage in recent years is good news for the environment and should also help to ease congestion in urban areas.

    However, 70 percent of road fatalities in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, so as part of National Bike week, cyclists in Mayo will be issued with number plates for their bicycles in a novel programme aimed at raising awareness of cycle safety.

    The bright-coloured number plates will have a number and safety message on them and will hang under the bicycle saddle in a bid to increase the chances of other road users seeing the cyclist.

    The scheme is part of a number of events taking place in Mayo next week as part of National Bike Week.

    Noel told Midwest News  that the purpose of the number plates is to raise awareness around cycle safety and to encourage more people to take to the two wheel mode of transport rather than the four wheels.