2,500 cyclists take part in Lunchtime Bike Ride

Over 2,500 Dublin cyclists joined Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague, Minister for Public & Commuter Transport Alan Kelly T.D, Event Ambassador’s 98FM Morning Crew DJ duo Aidan Power and Claire Solan to put their foot on the pedal for Dublin’s Bike to Work Day 2012 www.dublincitycycling.ie

The event recorded a 100% increase in participants taking part (1,250 in 2011), enjoying a sunny 30 minute leisurely lunchtime cycle through the streets of Dublin, promoting health, fitness, money saving and stress free travel. 

Dublin City Council’s “Lunchtime Bike Ride” initiative took in a new route this year passing some of the most impressive city landmarks. The route took in the Samuel Beckett Bridge, City Quay, College Green, Merrion Square, The Pepper Canister Church and part of the Premium Cycle Route along the Grand Canal. The leisurely lunchtime cycle concluded at Grand Canal Square, with market stalls for participants to grab a tasty lunch and lots entertainment before returning to work.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague, an avid cyclist said; “We are encouraging people who cycle into the city to come along and take part. Dublin City Council is delighted Bike to Work Day 2012 is shaping up to be a huge success!”

Speaking at the event, Minister for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly said: “This is proving to be the biggest and best Bike Week yet. Cycling is taking off in a huge way in this country and long may it continue. I’d ask people for just one day or one week to leave the car at home and get on your bike when going to work or school. This Week is the best time to try. National Bike Week continues until 24 June.  There are thousands of free, fun events taking place across Ireland, so I urge everyone to get involved. ”

One4All Vouchers were presented to best dressed “male”, “female” and “bike” participants. Team prize – for most registered participants went to Google, for the second year who were represented on the cycle by over 70 staff. All those who pre-registered will be entered into a draw next week to win an Apple I-Pad 3!

Dublin’s Bike to Work lunchtime cycle is part of National Bike Week www.bikeweek.ie.