Recycabike initiative launches as part of Bike Week

23 Jun 2011

Recycabike is a new bicycle repair and reuse workshop that is launching today in Ballymun to coincide with Bike Week.

Dublin Lord Mayor Gerry Breen is officially launching the Recycabike initiative this morning in Ballymun, along with a programme of family-friendly events that are taking place in Ballymun Plaza between 10am and 2pm.

Recycabike itself is a partnership between the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun and Rothar Bikes for the Community. The workshop will offer a bike-repair service as well as reusing and recycling old and unwanted bikes and bike parts.

Recycabike reconditioned bicycles will be on sale at the Rediscovery Centre’s Ecostore at Santry Cross, Ballymun.

“Recycabike offers a full range of bike repairs and spare parts and will also make used bikes as good as new and sell them on. It’s a great example of a not-for-profit community initiative and I wish everyone involved every success,” said Breen.

Promoting cycling in urban environments

As part of the events taking place in Ballymun today to celebrate Bike Week, the Cycling Embassy of Denmark will be in town to carry out cycling training with local schools from 10am to 2pm.

The Cycling Embassy of Denmark is a network of private companies, local authorities and non-governmental organisations working together to promote cycling globally.

Speaking about how cycling is an intrinsic part of life in Denmark, Niels Pultz, Ambassador of Denmark in Dublin, said it plays an important role in improving urban environments.

”We are also impressed by the fact that cycling has become far more popular in Ireland in recent years and are very pleased to bring a bit of the strong Danish cycling culture to Ballymun to promote cycling in local schools,” he said.

Photo: Dublin Lord Mayor Gerry Breen pictured today with members of Ballymun Regeneration and students from Ballymun at the launch of the Recycabike bike repair and recycling initiative as part of the Bike Week celebrations in Ballymun

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic