It is Bike Week, well we are nearly finished Bike week actually – In Ireland it began on Saturday 15th and will end Sunday 23rd of July. My blog on last years bike week was one of my first ever blog posts – Yay I am the proud mother of a 1 year old blog!! So my yearly report of bike week also marks my Blogbday, I couldn’t think of a better week to share it with. To cycle is such a positive experience on so many levels, physically, environmentally, financially, emotionally and socially. The one major negative is the safety aspect of cycling and in Ireland this is one of the major reasons why more people do not participate, but it is getting better. In my town in Co Wicklow we recently got a new cycle network which is brilliant. I used to cycle to work and bought my bike on the cycle to work scheme in Ireland – it is a tax break on your biking purchases and it has gone down a storm. My experience of cycling as a mode of transport was such a positive experience, I had muscles where I never knew I could 🙂 I had to give up the bike and catch the bus when I became pregnant on my first child – I just wouldn’t take the chance. But, I do use my bike to run my dogs (it does the job in half the time) – I don’t use it as much as I want to, I always seem to have my daughter to bring along and I would be nervous on the main roads with a three year old in tow. BUT, if there was a cycle network in Ireland similar to other countries where cycling is one of the main forms of transport – I would 100% use my bike more and bring my daughter along with me.
From my research into this post I will definitely be looking into cycling in the Netherlands as a holiday option – amazing that there are cycling maps for the whole country!! Ireland, unfortunately is a long way off this, but we can live in hope, and I know the cycling community in Ireland are so passionate and forward thinking they just need the governments support.
But one thing in Ireland we are good at is sayings and one of these is “On your bike” – meaning get out of here!
I love to exercise burning off calories that will allow me to scoff something yummy like bread, cheese, dark dark chocolate, a glass of red wine, and other ‘a minute on the hips a lifetime on the hips’ sort a food. But what I don’t like is the idea of paying big bucks to use an electricity guzzling gym. I do love gyms and every time I stay in a hotel I use the gym quite regularly, but there are so many other alternatives that we can look into that could help society as well as the earth.
Can you imagine if Ireland started an initiative to set up GREEN GYMS in public lands that could generate electricity on site to power lights etc? What an amazing gym that would be and you need not worry about the weather as a tarpaulin tent like structure is all you would need to protect from the guarantee that is rain in so many shapes and sizes.
I have seen some very simple green gyms around the country like cross trainers and the likes but The Great Outdoor Gym Company has already accomplished my idea of an eco gym with their Green Heart amazing results! It is something I will definitely have to look into and send onto my local county council as this would be amazing in every park around the world let alone my local area.
For now my gym consists of a pair of trainers, a high visibility vest (a must for Irish wet winters!) and my two eager hounds that would climb any mountain with me like we did on Sunday in the snow! There is nothing like fresh air in your lungs as apposed to recycled air-conditioned sweaty feet, arse air that has been around the gym God knows how many times….!
Some useful links on Out Door Gyms or Green Gyms: