KILDARE Co Council is looking to engage with local businesses interested in being considered as a designated host for a ‘cycle café’ on their premises.
The purpose of a cycle café is to promote cycling and provide cyclists and cycling groups with a pit stop along their route, the use of a bicycle repair unit if required, and to take advantage of local attractions, amenities and tourism.
The council has said that such cafés would best suit local amenity shops or service stations in towns and villages. It’s proposed to designate five cycle cafés initially this year, as part of Bike Week 2020 (held in June).
“Each cycle café will be managed and maintained by the individual business owner solely. Kildare Co Council will have no liability in any activity or incident, if occurred,” the local authority explained. “Kildare Co Council will identify and promote the local amenity shop/service station as a ‘Designated Cycle Café’ along a proposed new map of cycling routes for Co Kildare. The council may assist with the installation of a bicycle repair unit and a bicycle parking station to successful applicants.”
The criteria for a designated cycle café include tea/coffee facilities, food, toilets and/or a changing area, inside and outside seating areas, plugs or socket points for charging devices, and areas for a bicycle parking station and a bicycle repair unit (provided by KCC).
Further details and an expression of interest form is available from: http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/RoadsandTransportation/RoadSafetyCyclingandSustainableTransport/Cycling/DesignatedCycleCafes/. The closing date for submissions is Friday 28 February.