New bike hub will provide a base for cycling community
Members from SDCSP, SDCC, DDLETB and Cycling Ireland with staff and pupils from Collinstown Park Community College at the launch of the Bike Hub

New bike hub will provide a base for cycling community

A NEW Bike Hub for residents of all ages has been launched in North Clondalkin.

Located on the grounds of Collinstown Park Community College, beside the Sports Complex, the Bike Hub will look to provide a centralised base to engage the local community in cycling.

The intiaitve is part of the Active Cities project which is funded by Sport Ireland through the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF).

As transport accounts for approximately 20 per cent of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions and South Dublin County Council say it is currently building up to 260km of a connected cycle network in the county.

South Dublin County Sports Partnership (SDCSP), working with the council Climate Action Team and other partners including Cycling Ireland, Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), Ronanstown Youth Service and local schools have come together to establish the Bike Hub.

The South Dublin County Council Climate Action Team provided grant assistance of €30,000 which will allow for the purchase of bikes and equipment.

A range of cycling programmes will be facilitated by local bike leaders trained up to deliver from the Bike Hub including, Learn To Cycle programmes for young people 5-13 years of age, teenager BMX/Trail programmes, primary school cycle safety training, adults community bike rides and more.

A bike workshop will be available at certain times of the week for bike repairs and to upcycle unwanted bikes so that they can be provided to people in need.

Two local people are being trained up as Level 2 City & Guilds Bike Mechanics, including a staff member of Ronanstown Youth Service.

The first programme delivered in the hub was Cycling Ireland’s Trail-Cycling for Transition Years. This six week certified programme taught students all the skills needed to mountain bike on trails.

They also learned about all the functions of the bike and basic bike mechanic skills. The programme was piloted with Collinstown Park Community College and St Kevins Community College with a total of 19 TY students completing the course using the Bike Hub facilities.

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