EU Mobility Week celebrated this week in Fingal!

by Rose Barrett
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European Mobility Week takes place from today, September 16 and runs right up until Friday, September 22 next, with a host of exciting events taking place across Ireland that will celebrate car-free journeys, access for all and active travel! Fingal County Council is hosting this super packed event programme across EU Mobility Week, encompassing World Car Free Day on 22 September.

Celebrations officially kick off tomorrow, Sunday, 17 September as Blanchardstown Village Tidy Towns present Tolka Valley Wander and Talk. This series of two guided walks at 2pm and 3.15pm will unlock the secrets of plant life, biodiversity and the waterways of the Tolka Valley.

Monday will see the children of Malahide participate en masse in a special Walk to School Day. Families will walk from designated meeting points to St Sylvesters Infant School. St Andrews National School, St Oliver Plumketts National School and Pope John Paul II, arriving alert, awake and ready to learn following their fresh air start.

Activities aren’t just for kids this EU Mobility Week as two pilot training events will be held recruiting new volunteers for the popular Cycling Without Age initiative. The first will take place on Monday, 18 September from 4-6pm in St Catherines Park Lucan, with a second to follow from 12 noon to 2pm on Thursday, 21 September in Racecourse Park Baldoyle.

Rush will take the helm on World Car Free Day Friday, 22 September as a temporary School Street takes over on Channel Road. Children will enjoy extra space to play games like hopscotch, skipping, bowling etc. Event will run from 9:30am to 2pm. Games will be provided by environmental sustainability organisation Recreate, and use upcycled materials.

During this time Channel Road will be closed from its junction with Mill Bank to its junction with the Sandy Road / Golf Road. Diversions will be place and those travelling in the local area are advised to allow additional time for their journey.

Parents and teachers interested in setting up a Walking or Cycling School Bus are invited to attend an online information session on Wednesday, 20 September from 6.30-7pm.

The week culminates in a massive celebration of cycling at the Phoenix Park with the second annual Bike Disco!

A joint venture between Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works and Dublin Cycling Campaign. This free evening event is for people of all ages. If you’ve got a bike and you’re ready to boogie, join in the fun by decorating your wheels, yourself and your helmet! Large numbers are expected, and everyone is welcome for this easy 5km spin in car free space within the Phoenix Park.

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