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Launch of Laois Bike Week 2024
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Launch of Laois Bike Week 2024

Bike Week 2024: What’s happening & how to get involved in Laois

This year’s Bike Week will run from May 11th to 19th across the country

Launch of Bike Week 2024 at Stradbally : Ann Marie Maher, Sport & Leisure Officer – Laois Co Co.), Kathleen Sheridan ( SVT Hub ) and Clr. Paschal Mc Evoy ( Cathaoirleach Laois Co Council ). Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

Bike Week is an annual celebration promoting the joys of cycling. Happening this year from May 11th to 19th throughout Ireland, events and activities will be on offer for all levels, whether you’re a seasoned cyclist, dusting off the saddle again or a newcomer.

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With the theme “Cycling is for Everyone!” emphasising inclusivity, communities nationwide are hosting events throughout the week. Whether you represent a community group or are a member of the public that would like to celebrate cycling in your local area, everyone is welcome to take part.

People across Co Laois will be attending a variety of events including group cycles, mountain biking, safe cycling sessions, blueway cycles and family-friendly activities. Bike week events are co-ordinated by Laois County Council and delivered by community organisations and schools collaboration with support and funding provided from TFI and Department of Transport. During Bike Week there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  

Launch of Bike Week 2024 at Stradbally : Clr. Paschal Mc Evoy ( Cathaoirleach Laois Co Council ) watches as pupils from St. Colman’s N.S. get in some practise for Bike Week. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

How can I get involved?

You probably won’t have to travel far to join a Bike Week event, as they’re happening all across Co Laois.

Even if you don’t own a bike or yours needs fixing, there are options available, including bike hire and maintenance workshops. Speaking at the launch of Laois’ Bike Week 2024, An Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Cllr. Pascal McEvoy commented that ‘there’s no shortage of ways to take part’!

Launch of Bike Week 2024 at Stradbally : Pupils from St.Colmans N.S. with teacher , Mr O’Brien and Clr. Paschal Mc Evoy ( Cathaoirleach Laois Co Council ). Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

Alternatively, you might not even need your own bike, as some events offer bike rentals, ensuring plenty of options for everyone.

Highly anticipated events include The SVT Activity and Well Hub and Durrow Pedal Vintage festivals of cycling, alongside special occasions like Bike-to-Work Day, also known as Cycle on Wednesday, on May 15th, with many schools participating in cycle buses, facilitating children cycling to school.  If you haven’t been on a bike in a while, Healthy Laois and Laois County Council have even organised special ‘Get Back on your Bike’ classes during Bike week 2024! 

Launch of Bike Week 2024 at Stradbally : Clr. Paschal Mc Evoy ( Cathaoirleach Laois Co Council ) watches as pupils from St. Colman’s N.S. get in some practise for Bike Week. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

To find out what is happening in Co Laois for Bike Week 2024, or to get involved, visit www.bikeweek.ie where you can find details on lots of new and exciting events in Co Laois and other areas.

Launch of Bike Week 2024 at Stradbally : Kathleen Sheridan and Austin Clancy ( SVT Hub ) and Clr. Paschal Mc Evoy ( Cathaoirleach Laois Co Council ). Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .