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Latest Laois Event: Bike Week 2021 Programme of Laois Events
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Latest Laois Event: Bike Week 2021 Programme of Laois Events

Laois Programme of Events for Bike Week 2021

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE BIKE WEEK 2021

Bike Week is an annual celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. This year, Bike Week will kick off on Sunday September 12th and end on Saturday September 18th. 

Funding has been provided by the Department of Transport to Laois County Council and other Local Authorities across the country to contribute towards a variety of events both on the ground and online throughout the week.

During Bike Week, new and lapsed cyclists will be encouraged to get on the bike and make cycling part of their lifestyle. People across the country will be able to join in events in their counties and consider cycling as a convenient way to travel on the commute, for shopping trips and leisure. 

Enjoy a cycle along the sublime Barrow Way
Enjoy a cycle along the sublime Barrow Blueway

Events in Laois include:

DateEvent Name/DetailsTimeWho are the target participants for this event?Location(s)
Sunday12/9Family/Group Cycles  – Vicarstown Cycling Group, and the Stradbally Cycling Group will cycle the new Barrow Blueway  from Vicarstown towards Athy. The stronger cyclists to go all the way to Athy and back (24k in total), and the not-so-strong can turn back at the end of the blueway (12km)
Family Cycle – A 5km family cycle which will be lead out by Laois Hurling and Camogie Stars, Ross King, Róisín Kilmartin, Paddy Purcell and Sarah Creagh
12.00pm







10.00am
Families from the local area






Families – Adults and Children
Vicarstown Old School, Co. Laois






The Square, Rathdowney
Monday 13/9National Learning Network Cycle – Cycling for students of National Learning Network PortlaoiseAll dayStudents of National Learning Network, PortlaoiseNational Learning Network Portlaoise
Tuesday 14/9Inclusion Cycle at Vicarstown


Get Back on your Bike – The purpose of the event is to encourage adults to return to cycling and socialising with a group. 

Tuesday cycle- Vicarstown to Monasterevin with a stop-over and refreshments at the half-way point in Castlemitchell GAA Club
7.00pm 


7.00pm






7.00pm
Families of people with Disabilities
Adults 





Families from the local area
Vicarstown, Co. Laois


The Square, Rathdowney, Co. Laois





Vicarstown Old School
Wednesday 15/9Cycle on Wednesday – Pedals Away! Cycle Bus Trip!


Cycle on Wednesday Rathdowney – The purpose of the event is to encourage school children to cycle to school. A promotional event will be held at Rathdowney National School for the children on their arrival.
Cycle on Wednesday Errill – The purpose of the event is to encourage school children to cycle to school. A promotional event will be held at Rathdowney National School for the children on their arrival.
COW Day – School cycle along the Barrow Blueway 



Cycle to Group






Downtown Portlaoise “On Yer Bike Day”- Downtown members cycle to work and meet at Market Square at 8.45am. Local press will be present for a group photo to promote National Bike Week
10.00am – 12.00pm

8.00am -9.00am




8.00am -9.00am




11.00am




2.45pm`






8.45am
5th & 6th Class pupils from Portlaoise National Schools
National School Children and their parents



National School Children and their parents


National  schools in St Coleman’s NS & Cosby N.S 
Young People age 7years-13years from Mountmellick and surrounding areas.
Downtown Portlaoise Members
Portlaoise 



Rathdowney National School 




Errill National School





Vicarstown Old School




Mountmellick Youth and Family Resource Centre Sports Complex




Destination Market Square, Portlaoise 
Thursday 16/9Cycle to Group2.45pmYoung People age 7 years-13years from Mountmellick and surrounding areas.Mountmellick Youth and Family Resource Centre Sports Complex
Thursday 16/9Stradbally Cycle from Market House7.00pmAdults & Children 10 years of ageMarket House, Stradbally
Friday 17/9Bike Maintenance & Repair Workshop – The purpose of the event is to facilitate an understanding of basic bike maintenance through a workshop format. It will be followed by a short cycle.

Bikes with Lights – starting from Old School Vicarstown, cycle towards Athy, 8 miles round trip

6.00pm





7.00pm
Adults and Children




Adults & Children over 7 years of age
Rathdowney





Old School, Vicarstown
Saturday 18/9
Sunday 19/9Timahoe 10km Family Cycle – with Tea/Coffee treat afterwards in the Tower & Bean Coffee shop11.30amFamilies- children should be competent cyclistsChurch Car Park, Timahoe
Deficiencies in Portarlington Cycling Infrastructure highlighted in recent audit
Bike Week in Laois gets underway

Further details on events will be available on www.bikeweek.ie over the coming weeks.