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Cycling Freeway gears up for fourth year of fun

Date: 17 Aug 2018

The worldwide phenomenon known as Ciclovia (Spanish for Cycle freeway) returns to the streets of Belfast for a 4th year on Sunday 7th October.

The worldwide phenomenon known as Ciclovia (Spanish for Cycle freeway) returns to the streets of Belfast for a 4th year on Sunday 7th October. 

 Fun, free and for all ages and abilities Ciclovia Belfast in association with Thunder Park, the traffic free cycling experience through the streets of Belfast City Centre, aims to promote community cohesion, physical and mental well-being and awareness and safety. 

As in previous years the route will run between two hubs located at Botanic Gardens and Belfast City Hall and is accessible from 0930 – 1200pm. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 0900 – 12:30pm and traffic flow will resume at 12:30pm.  

Activities will run at Belfast City Hall from 0930-1200 and at Botanic Gardens from 0930-1400 and will  include lots of FREE family fun events including a massive BMX demo from  associate sponsor Thunder Park, cycling, sporting and safety activities.  Along the route look-out for choirs, buskers, musicians, circus performers and cycling training opportunities. Participants can start the route wherever they wish and cycle up and down, in whichever direction, throughout the event.

The cycle freeway route takes in Botanic Avenue, part of Shaftesbury Square, Dublin Road, Bedford Street, Donegall Square West and onto the front of Belfast City Hall. On the day, participants are welcome to mark the opening of the cycle freeway by attending a photo opportunity with the Lord Mayor, Cllr Deirdre Hargey at the McClay Library entrance to Botanic Gardens at 0930.

Ciclovia Belfast welcomes all non-motorised transport. If you don’t have a bike, you can walk, run, scoot or trike the route. Need a bike? Then visit one of the Belfast Bikes docks, where you can register and pick up a bike for rent.  Belfast Bikes docks are located along the Ciclovia Belfast route. For further details visit

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Deirdre Hargey, said: 

“I’m delighted that Belfast City Council will once again be supporting this free family friendly event. Ciclovia is a great way of bringing people together from right across Belfast and beyond whilst promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The route from Botanic Gardens to City Hall will be a hive of activity with music and street performers for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to taking in the sights and sounds of the event and I would encourage as many people as possible to join in and be part of this unique fun event.”

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