Bike Week starts Saturday 13th – 21st June 2015

We are a huge advocate for cycling at the Connswater Community Greenway and with Bike Week starting tomorrow we look at a few ways you can celebrate across Northern Ireland: 

The Fred Festival Debate, Tuesday 16th June,  1pm – 2pm

This house believes:

“Cycle routes, Belfast Bikes, bus lanes, traffic-free bridges – is this the end for the car in Belfast?”

For Ross Brown – Ross Brown, member of the Green Party and Belfast City Councillor (@voterossbrown)
Against Niall O’Donaghaille – 56th Lord Mayor of Belfast, councillor for the Pottinger ward in Belfast East (@NiallSF)
Chair Malachi O’Doherty – author, broadcaster and journalist (@malodoherty)
Hosted by Queens University Transport Department @ The David Bates Building.

Find out more about this event. 

Grand Freddo, Tuesday 16th June, 6pm – 8.30pm

This is the Gran Fondo’s little brother, a leisurely traffic-free ride for all ages and abilities. Leaving at 6pm from the Big Fish, we will take the cycle path out to Whiteabbey and back (about 6 miles each way). Bring a picnic, music, pack of cards, or whatever you fancy and let’s hope the sun shines!

Find out more about this event. 

Beginners Workshop, Tuesday 16th June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Workshop 1 for Beginners: tyres, tubes, brakes and bike set-up.
Here’s you entry level to bike maintenance. Learn how to do the basics like change tyres, punctures, adjust brakes and keep your machine running smoothly all year round. Bring your own bike.
£10 each, and only 8 places available for this bespoke workshop in Fellow’s small but beautiful workshop.

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Film Screening, Thursday 18th June, 1pm – 2pm

A Lunchtime Film introduced by NI Greenways, the screening is in partnership with PlaceNI for Belfast Bike week. Cycling Saturday documents a leisurely cycle through Belfast with a discussion led by Jonathan Hobbs, NI Greenways exploring Belfast’s current infrastructure and potential for the future. The cycle was documented by Paddy Cahill, the producer of the Cycling with… interview series.

Cycling Saturday was part of PLACE’s City Saturdays programme, supported by Belfast City Council Arts & Heritage Small Grants.He will present a short film followed by talk. 

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Ride on Belfast, Friday 19th June 2015, 8am

Ride On Belfast is free to join! Hundreds of people on bicycles will meet at 8am at Gasworks Park on Friday 19th June 2015. At 8.15am we roll out for a mass ride to Belfast City Hall where you can get a free breakfast before heading to work or about your business for the day.

We are starting our own mini Ride On from meeting at the Holywood Arches Library at 7.45am and then meeting everyone else at the Gasworks for 8pm. If you would like to join just be there by The Searcher statue for 7.45am.

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Bikes, Beach and Barbecue Picnic, Saturday 20th June, 1pm – 6pm

Departing from Belfast (The Big Fish) at 1pm, we’ll take a gentle roll out

to Seapark, Holywood. There will be a few small barbecues if you want to cook some food or just pack a picnic.

Also include the International Stone Skimming Championships.

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Piccolo Fondo, Saturday 20th June

This event comprises four led-rides for families & communities on greenways and quiet roads from Lisburn, Comber, Holywood and Newtownabbey arriving lunchtime on 20th June at Titanic Quarter for the NI Festival of Cycling.

The rides, will be fully marshalled by Sustrans volunteers, will leave approximately 10am, (start times vary with locations) from Comber – Billy Neill Playing Fields, Holywood - Seapark, Lisburn – Island Arts Centre and Newtownabbey – Loughshore Park with pick-up points along the way. The pick-up points are:

  • Comber - Tullycarnet - Holywood Arches
  • Holywood - Sam Thompson Bridge - Victoria Park
  • Lisburn - Shaw's Bridge - Lockview Road
  • Newtownabbey - Hazelbank Park - Yorkgate Station

If you would like to join a central pick-up point, please email the Northern Ireland team.

Please wear suitable clothing for the weather, bring sun protection, waterproofs and something to drink. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for event visit www.sustrans.org.uk/events/free-cycle-training-bike-checks  and www.sustrans.org.uk/events/piccolo-fondo-led-rides

Gran Fondo, Sunday 21st June

The first Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland will be held on 21 June 2015, organised by Shadetree Sports and supported by Tourism NI.  Gran Fondo events are closed-road sportives aimed at amateur cyclists around the world who travel to the host country to participate.

The Mourne Route, a 177 Km ride, will challenge the fittest riders by providing tough climbs and inspire each rider by bringing them through some breathtaking scenery.  The Strangford Route, a 58 Km loop touching the shores of Strangford Lough, is achievable for beginner and novice cyclists.  Both routes start and finish in Belfast, at the iconic Titanic Belfast building.

At this stage registration is closed for cyclists but you can go out and cheer them on!

Route map and more info...

If that all seems like too much effort, don't forget that you can get out and get cycling at any time on the Connswater Community Greenway at Victoria and Orangefield Park! 

We are currenly in Phase 2 construction busy building the rest of the Greenway. If you want to find out what we are doing you can read it all in our Phase 2 Plans and Progress Leaflet