Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, launched National Bike Week in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The week-long event is taking place throughout Ireland from June 13th until June 21st, with the aim of encouraging more people to cycle every day and to demonstrate just how easy it is to switch to using the bike. This year Sligo has been chosen to host the opening event for Bike Week on Saturday June 13th. A family bicycle festival is taking place in Cleveragh Regional Park. The Festivities will also include a pageant with a cycle theme within its central theatrical piece.

The number of people cycling every day in Ireland has more than doubled in the last ten years. The last Census recorded a 10% increase in the number of commuters cycling each morning. Men account for more than two thirds of those cycling to work each day (29, 075 of 39,803 cycling to work each day are men according to Census 2011 figures). The same 2011 Census also revealed how, for the first time ever, the number of women driving to work each day exceeded that of men.

National Bike Week 2015 includes hundreds of free cycling events throughout the country.

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