National Bike Week 2022

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Westmeath Sports Partnership and Westmeath County Council have secured funding from the Department of Transport to support cycling events during National Bike Week 2022.

Schools, Clubs, Community Group/ Organization  and Local Businesses are invited to apply for funding to organize their own FREE Bike Week event during Bike Week 2022.

The scale and scope of your National Bike Week event is up to each applicant, however, applications that focus on the following event criteria will be prioritized:

  • The event MUST take place during  14th to 22nd of May 2022
  • The Event must be FREE to take part in.
  • Fun Cycles (5k, 10k 30k etc)
  • Recreational/Leisure Cycling events focusing on including non-club members, the lapsed cyclist, families, beginners etc.
  • Slow Bike Races, Cycling Obstacle Courses, Nature Cycles, Cycle to School Days (particularly Wednesday 15th which is COW (Cycling on Wednesdays)), Lunch Time Cycles, Cycling Games and Activities, Cycle To Work.
  • Focus on inclusion, non-competitive, community focus, family, local school participation
  • Link with National event dates – Family Cycle 14th & 15th May , Bike to Work and Cycle to School 18th May.

Interested in organising a Bike Week Event?

Funding Availability:

  • The maximum amounts are available per Club, Community Group & Organization is €500
  • The maximum amounts are available per school is €300
  • The maximum amounts are available per Local Business  is €200

How to Apply

To apply please complete the online application form (linked below). Closing date for applications is Midday, Monday 11th April.

The application is online and will take approximately 9 minutes to complete . For the full list of questions see below.

Apply Here

Bike Week Application – list of questions

  1. Q1 – Name of School, Club, Community Group or Organization applying
  2. Q2 – Address
  3. Q3 – Contact person’s name
  4. Q4 – Contact person mobile number
  5. Q5 – Contact person e-mail address
  6. Q6 – Bike week event title
  7. Q7 – Aim of event
  8. Q8 – Event description
  9. Q9 – Event date
  10. Q10 – Event location
  11. Q11 – Event start time
  12. Q12 – Event meeting time and location
  13. Q13 – Who can take part (families, kids , adults )
  14. Q14 – How many participants do you expect
  15. Q15 – Funding request for event
  16. Q16 – Breakdown of event costs
  17. Q17 – Declaration


Need some ideas :

  • Week long cycle festival
  • Family fun cycle
  • Cycle challenge 5km, 10km, 20km … (Couch to 50k) – build up in weeks preceding BW
  • Cycle to Work (record previous weeks commute time & compare to this week, prize for most time saved/ stories/ pictures)
  • Cycle to School
  • Competitions
  • Bike Repair Workshops / Basic bike repair demonstrations
  • Leisure cycling involving community groups (e.g scouts, youth clubs etc.)
  • Cycle for your breakfast/lunch/BBQ /picnic etc.​
  • Colouring, ‘Bling your Bike’ and Bike related photography competitions.
  • Mystery/History/Scenic Tours of area (guided/self-guided) – Discover ‘Place’
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Bike orienteering
  • Women Only events
  • Group cycles: active retirement groups, nursing homes, work colleagues (lunchtime fitness) etc.
  • Close a street for a bike festival with Balance Bikes, Jenga, Bling your bike, Soccer etc. (involve traders)
  • Cycling skills course
  • Restaurant bike crawl
  • Mountain bike rides
  • Road rides
  • Tandem Bike events for the visually impaired etc.
  • Cycling events for children/adults with a physical/intellectual disability
  • Dawn Cycle – ‘Darkness into light’ type event
  • Bikes available to try, electric bikes, cargo bikes, tandem, folding, trailers, child carriers etc.
  • Donate unused/unwanted bike (local bike shop repairs, then donate to good cause such as local refugee centre)
  • Movie/documentary screening of cycling related content.

Other considerations:

  • Consider entertainment: band/music, performers, face painters, carnival entertainers.
  • Consider stands: bike displays, maintenance, repair demo, cycling information.
  • Consider events showcasing new/existing infrastructure/facilities: greenways, cycle lanes, national parks, bike parking, public bike schemes.