Bike Parade & Party

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The Velo-city Dublin Bike Parade is shaping up to be an event not to be missed.  We are jam-packing it with music, theatre, sport, culinary delights plus of course a designated UNESCO biosphere!

 

Taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th of June, conference delegates only (for local participants please see information at bottom of this page) will congregate at the side Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) beside the recently unveiled Luke Kelly Statue (one of the founding members of the band The Dubliners).  Extracts from the award winning play by Steward Parker, Spokesong will be performed at the start of the parade to entertain and excite the delegates! The actors join the delegates in the parade on a mobile stage towed by a bicycle with a live piano performance on route. 

 

Leading the Parade will be The Freedom Machine – women on bikes and in costume celebrating the important historical role of bicycles for suffragettes and the emancipation of Women.  Participants will carry handmade banners depicting Irish suffragettes.  You are welcome to join in the chant ‘Votes for Women, Votes for Bikes’.

The Bike Parade will meander through the streets of Dublin towards the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route - one of Dublin City Council’s and the National Transport Authority’s flagship cycling projects.  Here, delegates will be met by local cycling enthusiasts who will join the delegation along the UNESCO designated Biosphere, a location that is one of the most highly designated and ecologically sensitive sites in the world.  As participants cycle along the coastline, they can enjoy unparalleled views of Dublin Bay before completing the cycle in the beautiful surrounds of St. Anne’s Park.

A host of spectator and participation activities await you in the Park.  We have organised a selection of fun games for you to try out including cricket, yoga, athletics, ultimate Frisbee, Cargo Bike trails, Mountain Bike and BMX courses and rounders plus you will get to try out our National Games – Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie.  Not only that, we have a spectacular arena show for you – The Ultimate Extreme Battle – Mountain Bike Stunt Rider versus BMX Stunt Rider versus Freerunner.  You can expect to see double back flips from the amazing freerunners who featured on Britain’s got Talent!

 

If, after the cycle, you would like a more relaxing experience, do not worry, we have many more options lined up:

  • Further extracts from Spokesong will be performed exclusively for you in the Park;

  • View a display of a Model City designed by children which would allow them to cycle and play more;

  • Take a historical tour of the Park including a tour of the Red Stables;

  • Visit St. Anne’s Park famous Rose Garden;

  • Play some Giant games – Jenga, Chess, Lawn Darts, Dominoes, Connect 4.  

 

Local food traders will be on-site in the Park serving a diverse hot and cold food selection catering for all individual tastes.  Bear in mind, although you will want to travel light for the Bike Parade, be aware that while the water is free along with all the activities, you will need cash to make purchases from the food stalls (credit cards may not be accepted).

While proceedings in the Park will wrap up about 7.30pm, delegates are free to continue their cycle to enjoy further Dublin’s sights or meet back to the heart of the city to experience more of Dublin’s social scene.

Velo-city Arts Session – The Citizen Cycle

 

Wednesday 26th June, 2019

Three sessions: 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm

Details

As part of the Velo-City Conference 2019, an arts programme has been developed to question the place of cycling in Dublin city. For ‘The Citizen Cycle’ curated by Michelle Browne, three artists are working with different communities to develop a series of public performances and visual artworks that will be presented during the Velo-city mass bike parade on Wednesday the 26th of June. The Citizen Cycle puts citizens of Dublin at the heart of the conversation about cycling in the city, looking at how the city can be designed and used by all.

 

Speaker: Michelle Browne, Independent Visual Artist

Michelle is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She works in collaborative, socially engaged practice with a focus on the built environment. From 2011-13 she was artist adviser to the Grafton Street Design team and she currently teaches at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin www.michellebrowne.net 

 

Visual displays of the Citizen Cycle for duration of festival in St. Anne’s Park

Title: The City Weave

Artist: Cliona Harmey

Location:  Performance, Remote Control Car Track, St. Anne’s Park

Details: Choreographed performance on bicycles depicting cycling in relation to autonomy/liberty, kinship/camaraderie, systems/signalling/electronic interfaces and the space around the body. 

 

Title: Strength in Numbers / The Bee Bandits

Artist: James O hAodha

Location: St. Anne’s Park

Details: Intergenerational Bicycle Gang looking at the place for older people in the city.

 

Title: Humans on Wheels

Artist: Rhona Byrne

Location: Exhibition Room, The Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park

Details: Display model of an ideal future city designed with children for children with future sustainability in mind.

Velo-city Bike Parade - information for Community

Love cycling?  Come join the party! Wednesday 26th June, 3:30 PM

Grab your bike, your family and friends and take part in the Bike Parade – With up to 2000 participants from all over the world!

Join us with your bike, your family and friends at the Sails, Clontarf (Junction Clontarf Rd/ Alfie Byrne Rd) at 3.30pm to get the party started.  We have face painters and some wobbly circus performers lined up to keep you entertained as you prepare to cheer on our International cycling friends and prepare to join them for the beautiful 4 kilometer cycle along the beautiful coastline and UNESCO biosphere to St. Anne’s Park.  Joining us at the Sails will be a host of Freedom Machine (suffragette) cyclists plus members of the Bee Bandits – intergenerational Bike Gang!

A host of spectator and participation activities await you in the Park.  We have organised a selection of fun games for you to try out including cricket, yoga, athletics, ultimate Frisbee, Cargo Bike trails, Mountain Bike and BMX courses and rounders, Gaelic football and hurling.  Not only that, we have a spectacular arena show for you – The Ultimate Extreme Battle – Mountain Bike Stunt Rider versus BMX Stunt Rider versus Freerunner.  You can expect to see double back flips from the amazing freerunners who featured on Britain’s got Talent!

If, after the cycle, you would like a more relaxing experience, do not worry, we have many more options lined up:

  • Further extracts from Spokesong will be performed exclusively for you in the Park;

  • View a display of a Model City designed by children which would allow them to cycle and play more;

  • Take a historical tour of the Park including a tour of the Red Stables;

  • Visit St. Anne’s Park famous Rose Garden;

  • Play some Giant games – Jenga, Chess, Lawn Darts, Dominoes, Connect 4.  

 

Local food traders will be on-site in the Park serving a diverse hot and cold food selection catering for all individual tastes.  Bear in mind, although you will want to travel light for the Bike Parade, be aware that while the water is free along with all the activities, you will need cash to make purchases from the food stalls (credit cards may not be accepted).

 

Event will finish at approximately 7.30pm

Bike Parade Registration

registration for non-Velo-city delegates only


If you wish to participate in the Bike Parade, please click the register button below.

Please note that Velo-city delegates do not need to register.