Give our cycle
lanes a chance

LAST Sunday Dundalk Town Council in association with Louth Sports Partnership and Cuchulainn Cycling Club held their annual Cycle in the Park Fun day.

LAST Sunday Dundalk Town Council in association with Louth Sports Partnership and Cuchulainn Cycling Club held their annual Cycle in the Park Fun day.

This event is part of Bike Week 2013 which takes place all this week with cycling events happening all over the country.

Sunday was a day for all the family to enjoy. Activities included proficiency tests, tutor laps, slow bike races, bouncy castle, and face painting for the young.

For the not so young there were bicycle workshops, music and the cycle path tour of Dundalk.

And there was the spectacular High Nelly Run.

Last week saw the death of Richard Ballantine who was instrumental in promoting cyclists’ rights and popularising mountain bikes and recumbent bicycles. Richard’s Bicycle Book, first published in 1972, quickly became the cyclists’ bible, selling more than one million copies.

It was Richard who came up with the idea of cycle lanes and free bikes in towns and city centres. “A better deal for cyclists,” he wrote, “is a better deal for society.”

His parents Ian and Betty Ballantine pioneered paperback publishing in America, first with Bantam and later with Ballantine Books.

Dundalk has had problems introducing cycle lanes mainly because, like the railways of the 19th century, they are being built section-by-section and it is hard to see how the whole thing will work out.

But given a chance, the town’s cycle system could become the most advanced transport route the country has seen in years. Let’s give it a chance.