The Navan Family Cycle 2020 took place on Sunday, 27 September 2020, as part of National Bike Week
Navan Cycling Initiative hosted its first ever community event, a family cycle, as part of National Bike Week, a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held over an extended week each year, Bike Week sees bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland.
Navan Cycling Initiative’s family cycle certainly provided a glimpse of what Navan might feel like for people who want to cycle, when a hundred budding and experienced cycling enthusiasts of all ages took to the streets to highlight the need for more robust cycling infrastructure in the town.
The cycle commenced from the Fair Green, located in the heart of Navan, and ran for 4km along some of the main streets of the town (see full map below). The cycle was open to everyone with a bike, with children as young as six (and younger as passengers on an adult bike) took to the roads. 100 participants signed up for the event – the maximum number permitted for an outdoor event due to the Covid guidelines at the time – yet we could have almost doubled that number, such was the demand.
The cyclists were a diverse group, ranging from:
- ages between 6 and 70
- both genders
- several nationalities
- one handcyclist
It shows the the people of Navan and the surrounding areas are passionate about cycling and see cycling as a normal, fun and every day activity in the town. If we are serious about promoting active travel, let’s look carefully at the way we approach the whole area of mobility in Navan. Now, more so than ever before, cycling should be a regular, acceptable part of our normal daily transport, as well as an enjoyable leisure activity.
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