Galway is ideal for cycling. It boasts sea views and mostly flat terrain, while its compact size means most trips are short. In fact, 44% of workers, 70% of college students and 56% of secondary students live within a 25-minute cycle of work or education. No wonder Galway has the highest commuter cycling rate in Ireland. Even the weather isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be – and whatever it’s like, cycling makes you feel you’ve been outdoors.

Cycling makes your life longer, healthier, and more enjoyable. It improves balance, mobility, strength and endurance. It’s a simple way to get and stay fit, and it’s very easy on the joints. Cycling gives you a feeling of independence. You can stop and talk to someone or change direction with little difficulty. Cycling means big savings, an end to traffic jams and parking problems (more or less), and a huge reduction in stress and hassle. It’s kind to the environment, and it’s much safer than you think – but only when done with skill and common sense.

We’re deeply grateful to all the participants and helpers: the models, photographers, editors, graphic designers, translators, and volunteers. Last but not least, we want to thank cyclists everywhere. The more cyclists there are, the safer the roads become. Cycling safely is your most important contribution to cycling safety.

Project manager: Justyna Kocjan
Photography: © Christopher Tierney
© Peter Fedrizzi
Logo design: Alexa Mottram
Simon Fleming
Text editing: Stan Carey
Irish text translation and editing: Gearóid Ó Casaide Liam Ó hAisibéil

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