By April 2016, 56,837 people cycled to work, an increase of 43% since 2011. Three-quarters of these were males. Two-thirds of all cyclists were in Dublin city and suburbs, with 38,870 persons cycling to work. (Source: CSO)
A 2018 traffic survey carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign has revealed how popular cycling has become for people commuting into the city centre. The results show that bicycles account for almost half of all vehicles travelling along Ormond Quay during rush hour, with 1,126 bikes recorded out of a total vehicle count of 2,314. This gives bicycles a 49% share of all vehicles.
Environment and Bikes!
The bike is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health. With this in mind, the United Nations General Assembly decided to dedicate the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day – Add this to World Environment Day on June 5th and we are on a real winner!
These days encourage awareness and action on health, wellbeing and the protection of our environment. World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. Recycle IT believe these two “UN” days can work in harmony!
World Bicycle Day aims to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding, and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace. All these aims can really be achieved using a bike while also helping us travel without creating carbon miles.
Celebrate the bicycle
Initiatives promote cycling at both national and local levels can help build physical and mental health and well-being and develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly culture of cycling in society.
National Bike Week
Bike Week in Ireland is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held in June of each year bike-themed events are organized by Irish local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland You can learn more about and maybe take part between June 22nd and June 30th, 2019 by visiting bikeweek.ie
Here are 8 reasons to celebrate the bike (some encouragement)
- The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable and clean way to get about.
- The bike is environmentally friendly and is a sustainable means of transportation;
- The bicycle can serve as a tool for social, community and economic development
- Cycling can help people access education, health care, and sporting activities.
- The union between the bicycle and the user creates an immediate awareness of the local environment you are cycling through.
- Using a bike saves time, reduces traffic and helps you arrive on time.
- The bike has a positive impact on climate with fewer carbon emissions.
- Biking can help grow your social circles, real friends and enjoyment of life.
Encourage Cycling and Environmental Awareness.
Recycle IT want to encourage as many people as possible to read and share this blog post. Then throughout the summer weeks and months take the bike out and bring friends and family along to discover your local environment.
As the summer sun shines there is no better time to get on the bike and grow your awareness of the local area. This can happen in the full knowledge that you are improving your health and reducing environmental harm.
Recycle IT and Bike Recycling
Recycle IT are happy to accept old bikes for free recycling. Just drop your old bike off with us Monday to Friday in Clondalkin. We also accept bikes from communities all over Dublin as part of our free door to door community collection service.
Members of the Recycle IT team not only recycle bikes but cycle regularly. Where possible we reuse and recycle bikes and bike parts. At the time of writing this post, we have a staff member waiting to get a bike frame and parts for reuse and another who just rebuild a bike from recycled parts. Once on the road, these bikes will enable easy, affordable and environmentally friendly travel into work.
Recycle IT are now working with a Dublin based charity and social enterprise to share bikes, bike frames, and parts so bikes can be rebuilt and sold at affordable prices in the hope of creating training and employment opportunities.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT, are a social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, the Dormant Accounts Fund, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.