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Limerick Car Free Day with Cyclovia as part of family-friendly activities

Limerick Car Free Day: There will be lots of street entertainment, fun and games taking place. Picture: Don Moloney.

Limerick Car Free Day with Cyclovia as part of family-friendly activities


A feast of family fun activities will be on offer in Limerick on Sunday, September 22 as part of European Mobility Week 2019.


Limerick City and County Council in partnership with the National Transport Authority will be hosting a Limerick Car Free Day on Sunday between 2 pm and 4 pm.

A cyclovia is a Spanish word meaning ‘cycleway’. It has become synonymous with the open street movement method of temporarily closing streets to cars so that they become more open to pedestrians/ cyclists etc. During Cyclovia anyone can bike, walk, skate and participate in activities right in the middle of the street.

A circular Limerick city centre route will be open to all walkers, cyclists, scooters, and rollerbladers, with restrictions placed on motor vehicles.

We are calling on all people to come and explore our city by their preferred method of human-powered transport between the hours of 2 pm and 4 pm on Sunday.

Activities along the route will include cycling and walking tours, face painting, street games, live music and more, reduced admission to King John’s Castle and freedom to weave through the city’s streets, however, the main attraction is open streets.

Pack a lunch, bring a blanket, invite a neighbour, and have a picnic, or enjoy one of the many shops and stores open around the city centre.

Get your bike out of the shed or lace-up your rollerblades or skates, the city is yours to go explore.

The cyclovia route begins on O’Connell Street, down Bedford Row, along the quays to Shannon Bridge, over Condell Road before turning right onto Shelbourne Road.

It then proceeds along O’Callaghan and Clancy Strands before turning right over Thomond Bridge, down Nicholas Street, right onto Bridge Street, continuing over Mathew Bridge before turning right onto Francis Street, through Arthur’s Quay Park, under Sarsfield Bridge and returning to Bedford Row and O’Connell Street.

The cyclovia is open to everyone, young, old and of all abilities. During the event cautious and more vulnerable cyclists get to explore their city on their terms, walkers are no longer confined to the footpath and skaters, scooters and rollerbladers have the space of the open road.

Limerick’s mild climate, compact size and flat terrain lends itself easily to being a healthy active commuting city. Cyclovia promotes and increases awareness for cycling and walking as an acceptable and safe mode of travel in our city. It also raises discussions about how we use our city spaces and how we could best optimise them to serve the city.

Cyclovia is not competitive, it’s not a race. It’s a chance to enjoy your city from a different perspective, It’s a chance to meet neighbours old and new, it’s a carbon-free, people-powered movement that celebrates shared space and shared community. 

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For more stories on European Mobility Week click here.


Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.