THE official launch of Kildare Co Council’s Cycle Cafè initiative for the 12 selected sites was hosted by Crookstown Service Station on Saturday last 18 September. While still adhering to Covid guidelines, it was heartening to see a well attended, outdoor activity in blazing autumnal sunshine.
The Cathaoirleach of Kildare Co Council Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil declared the innovative scheme, which was spearheaded and implemented by Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh officially open.
The attendance also included Acting Chief Executive of Kidare Co council Sonya Kavanagh, Minister of State and local TD Martin Hendon, Senator Mark Wall, Cllr. Ivan Keatley, Cllr. Mark Leigh and Cllr. Brian Dooley and officials from Kildare County Council.
KFM radio, broadcast inga mixture of music and interviews with proprietors of the other cycle cafés and local business owners while giving away an array of different spot prizes added to the festival like occasion.
The cycle café concept, providing regular pit stops for rest breaks, coffee, hot food, snacks, toilet facilities and shelter enables and encourages cyclists of all capabilities, young and old to give it a go!
As well as the deli, bakery, barista and rest rooms and seating provided here in Crookstown, an array of small business owners from Crowe’s Artisan Butchers to Hardware Heaven, Avril’s flowers, CUC Medical, Jack and Jill Charity Boutique, Avril’s Flowers and much more create a village-like atmosphere, catering for every need.
Displays of historical bikes from a bygone era were greatly admired by many cyclists and locals alike who dropped in to say hello.
Community gardaí, Seán O Mahony and Garda John Brien demonstrated the importance of safety high viz clothing from the Promoting Walking and Cycling Roadshow.
The ‘bicycle’ cupcakes custom baked for the day by the talented bakers Crookstown Service Station bakery were snapped up in the blink of an eye.
A huge thanks to Declan Keogh and all the helpers, Order of Malta, participants and visitors on the day.
The 12 designated Cycle Cafés in the county are located at Cuan Mhuire Garden Centre, The Emigrant Bar and The Auld Shebeen in Athy, Seán Fogartys Cycle Café shop in Ballyore Eustace, The Faraway Tree in Donadea, The Three Counties in Maganey, The Old Hardware in Narraghmore, Behan’s Service Station in Castledermot, Crookstown Service Station, The Elms s in Punchestown, Lock 13/Flanagan’s in Sallins and O’Reilly’s Supervalu in Clane.