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Ciara Coy (27) and Laurent Pardon (31) are both members of Zebraworld Intercultural Group, a local volunteer group working with asylum seekers and migrants in Galway city. The group teaches English, holds movie nights and organises fun events for asylum seekers living in direct provision centres. For more information, contact

“I love cycling! I use my bike to get to both work and college, and with the wet weather in Galway it’s a great way to keep my feet dry! It’s good to know I’m helping the environment in some small way and it’s great exercise too. It’s my dream to see more cycling-friendly infrastructure and more cyclists in Galway.” – Ciara

“My bike is a symbol of my mobility, independence and freedom. It takes part in many aspects of my life: work, shopping, volunteering, activism, relaxing and fun! It feels so much better to move rather than sit and drive. To me, cycling is definitely the way to go!” – Laurent

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