Bike Week 2023

NOTE : The FILM NIGHT has beed postponed until SUNDAY

Kildare County Council has organised a number of events in the county to celebrate Bike Week 2023. Maynooth Cycling Campaign wishes to support Kildare County Council in its efforts to promote cycling in the county and has organised a number of additional events. The programme is as follows .

St. Patricks Day Parade

Well, we finally launched the Cycling without Age trishaw in  Maynooth at the parade on  St. Patricks Day. That was our goal from last September but although we thought that we had everything in hand, there were a number of last minute hickcups which threatened to spoil the occasion but everything fell into place in the final week – apart from the weather.

The rain held off for the early part of the parade but as we approached the viewing gallery, it turned very wet. We also lost our passenger.  We had planned to carry Peter but on the day he preferred to walk like most people in other groups so the trishaw looked a little empty with only the pilot on it.

We could see that the trishaw received a number of puzzled looks. Most people recognised it as a special type of bike which is what we wanted so we ended up happy with our efforts and a determination to have a bigger show for Bike Week which takes place in May from 13th to 21st. But that is for another day!

When the parade was over, we were even happier when wen learnt that Maynooth Cycling Campaign’s entry was selected by the Parade Organising Committee for the Best Portrayal of Environmental Awareness.

Here are some of the pictures from the day!


  1. Please take your positions no later than 10.30am.

2. There is a high chance of rain on Friday so please wear appropriate clothing.

3. Our position number is 18 and will be sprayed on the footpath. We must line up there.

4. Please note that we are lining up on the Straffan Road.

5. The road closures are from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

6. The parade will finish at Tesco.

7. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Manor Mills Shopping Centre at 1pm. Everyone  is encouraged to go there after the parade. There will be entertainment provided.

8. The Parade has teamed up with Maynooth Autism Friendly Town and there will be an Inclusive Quiet Zonefrom Silken Vale to the Train Station. This area will be clearly marked with Banners and Bunting. 

9. The Parade Stewards are:

Straffan Road: Naoise Ó Cearúil (086) 728 0050 Steve McCarthy  (085) 727 5711

Main Street: Paul Croghan   (087) 243 6973 Gerry Quinn (085) 777 66688

Public Meeting – 9th March

Maynooth Cycling Campaign is holding a public meeting by Zoom on Thursday March 9, 2023 19:30.

Everyone is welcome! The agenda is as follows.

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Cycling Without Age
  2. Restructuring of
  3. NTA funding for Kildare – Implications for family cycling

To Join the Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 853 2695 5299
Passcode: 536452

Maynooth Cycling Campaign & Bikeweek 2021

At the end of August, Kildare County Council invited Maynooth Cycling Campaign to take part in Bikeweek. We proposed a number of actions including advance publicity, two organised cycles around Maynooth and engagement with secondary schools in Maynooth, Celbridge and Leixlip as well as Maynooth primary schools. We submitted an estimate of costs and added a percentage to cover the cost of our insurances and time in preparing and running the events. We also looked for clarification on a number of conditions but as we did not get a reply, we reluctantly decided not to proceed. Maynooth Cycling Campaign has been involved in Bikeweek since 2012 and have used Bikeweek funding to buy from local shops so we were disappointed not to be able to do so again this year.

Although Bikeweek is funded by the Department of Transport and organised in conjunction with the local authorities, voluntary groups are expected to pay the cost of insurances. Furthermore although prompt payment legislation ensures that invoices must be paid promptly, Kildare County Council has forced Maynooth Cycling Campaign to wait two lengthy periods – 8 and 11 months before being reimbursed for costs. As Maynooth Cycling Campaign does not have its own bank account, we informed Kildare County Council that we wanted funds to be temporarily transferred to us via Dublin Cycling Campaign CLG/ (rather than an individual’s private account).   Dublin Cycling Campaign CLG/ is a company approved by the Irish Charity Regulator and the intention was to improve the campaign’s cash flow. When Kildare County Council failed to reimburse Maynooth Cycling Campaign in a prompt manner, the effect was therefore to effectively retain money intended for a charity.