Limerick Smarter Travel Golden Bike Award Competition in in its 3rd year as part of National Bike Week. This lovely award is up for grabs this week by the school with the most children cycling to school from 15 – 19 June 2015. Since its conception it has been won twice in a row by St.Brigids National School whose average number of cyclists throughout bike week came in at an astonishing 100 students per day. This is an incredible result especially considering few cycled to school back in 2012. One of their key success factors in the promotion of cycling, aside from the absolute dedication of their travel coordinator Linda O Reilly and the staff of St. Brigids, is their annual bike fixing event where students are invited to bring their bicycle for a quick bike check by professional mechanics.
This event, organised in partnership with Limerick Smarter Travel, aims to address minor repairs and fixes ahead of National Cycle on Wednesday June 17 2015. At the core of this event is student involvement – student learns how to check their bicycles as a rule discuss their bike issues with the mechanic who then guides them through the basic repairs. Today over 60 bicycles were seen to between 1st – 6th class over a two hour period by Ger McAuley and PJ Clogan from Halfords and local volunteers. I think it is fair to say that St. Brigids is going for the treble.
Limerick Smarter Travel is continually looking at new and innovative ways of encouraging commuters and residents of Limerick City to consider alternative methods of transport.
Please visit the schools section of Limerick Smarter Travels website for further details on bike events for schools here