Cycle or walk with us for better active travel conditions in Skerries!

Cycle or walk with us for better active travel conditions in Skerries!After a summer of monthly evening cycles, now it’s time for the big one:

Join us for the Skerries Light Up Your Bike Cycle and Walk on Thursday 22 September to mark the launch of Fingal County Council’s Skerries Active Travel Consultation, as well as European Mobility Week.Early Option: Come to Barnageeragh Monument (close to the coast road, near the apartments) at 7 pm if you’d like to join us for a coastal walk / slow coastal cycle. At the White Cottages, the walkers will continue up Balbriggan Street and turn right into Dublin Road, then left up Martine Court / Millhill Park to Skerries Mills. The cyclists will take a longer route and meet them there at 7.30.

 7.30 Option: You can join the growing group of cyclists and walkers at Skerries Mill Car Park at 7.30 pm for the main cycle / walk.The walkers will head across the playing fields and towards the Catholic Church to Floraville, while those on wheels will take the long way round to Floraville, where we will all assemble at about 7.45 pm for a final walk / cycle around the triangle of Strand Street, Thomas Hand Street and Church Street.
 Let’s make ourselves as brightly lit up as possible, with bicycle bells in good working order, to create a lively presence!

All children must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them during the event.

Background:
Earlier that Thursday, 22nd September, the Active Travel Feasibility Study for Skerries will be officially launched in Floraville Park from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Drop by during the day if you can!

The public consultation will run for six weeks from then. This will include face to face interviews and surveys (using paper forms as well as online). Everyone will be invited to give their views on how they would like to be able to move around Skerries, whether on foot, on bicycles and tricycles, mobility scooters, skates, private car, go-car, community car as well as taxis and public transport.

There will also be workshops aimed different stakeholder groups including school goers and older residents. Look out for more information in our next blogpost!
 So we hope to see many of you on Thursday night, 7 pm at the Barnageeragh Monument or 7.30 pm at the Skerries Mills Car Park / 7.45 pm Floraville Park. 
Let’s light up our streets and show how much support there is for active travel in Skerries!

Michael McKenna for Skerries Cycling Initiative

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SCA Chair Jane Landy writes: Back in the chair plus arrivals and departures

It’s less than a year since our last AGM (4 October 2021) and Skerries and the world seem to be very different. An end to all Covid restrictions since March 2022 has meant that those committees who rely on holding in-person events have been able to get back to business. Back in September who would have thought that we would be welcoming people fleeing from war-torn Ukraine to our town? (See skerriesca.com/Ukraine for more.) And I find myself (an SCA old-timer) “back in the chair”, which is as enjoyable and fulfilling as ever!

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Skerries Cycling Initiative: Evening Cycles Around the Town from May 2022

SCI Logo and a bike

It’s time to get out that bike and go for a Summer evening cycle around Skerries !

Starting and finishing at Skerries Mills car park on Thursday 26 May at 7.30 pm

The terms “herd immunity” and “critical mass” became all-too-familiar during the recent crisis.

How could cyclists achieve herd immunity, that is, immunity from the dangers of sharing the road with traffic?

The answer is to band together, forming such a large group that we become the traffic.

And so “critical mass cycles” have become a phenomenon that’s really putting safe cycle routes on top of the agenda all over the world.

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 16-22 SEPTEMBER 2022

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is the European Commission’s flagship awareness-raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility.

It promotes behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport, and other clean, intelligent transport solutions.

To celebrate and of course to participate, we at Skerries Cycling Initiative are planning a major critical mass cycle during that week. But we’ve no intention of waiting until September to get on our bikes. After all, it’s summertime at last!

We’re organising a series of summer “critical mass” cycles, starting on Thursday, May 26th. There will be further cycles on each of the last Thursdays in June July August and finally the big one in September.

We are aiming to double the number of participants each month and hoping to have at least 100 cyclists, scooterers and wheelers of all sorts at the first of the cycles. Do the maths! If this works we could have 1600 cyclists making our voices heard and having fun together in September.

The people of Skerries have told us time and time again that they are reluctant to cycle around Skerries because of the lack of safe cycling routes. Here is your opportunity to find out what it would feel like to cycle safely in Skerries with like-minded friends and family.

We also believe that the planners, councillors, officials and national politicians cannot continue to ignore the demands of 1000 very loud voices.

We’ve estimated that there are probably more than 5000 usable bicycles in Skerries.-So, it’s time to dust off, oil up and hop on your bike.

Be there, at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 26th.

This cycle will start and finish at Skerries Mills Bike Park- No! That’s not a typing error. Let’s reclaim our town park and our streets! See you there!

Skerries Cycling Initiative invites us all to join them at the 2022 Skerries St Patrick’s Day Parade

“Make Skerries Wheelie Safe”: Get on your bike for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Skerries Cycling initiative (SCI) wants you, your friends and family to dust off your wheels for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade, and to hit the streets of Skerries with you and your machine decked out in your brightest and funkiest colours.

Will you join them? Let them know you’re coming here.

Kick-off at 3 p.m. on 17 March on South Strand. Assemble from 2.30 p.m. (tbc, they’ll send an email to all interested before the end)

Michael McKenna, Secretary of Skerries Cycling Initiative, writes:

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Skerries Community Association Accounts 2020

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For information about the AGM on 4th October 2021, and the report for 2020/21 go to AGM 2021: The 2020/21 Report