January 3, 2018

Teens Ready to Pedal

Brave souls ahead of their trek through the Ballyhoura Bike Trail

Brave souls ahead of their trek through the Ballyhoura Bike Trail

A number of brave young men & youth workers braved the winter chill as they took part in a recent cycling challenge at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail with Limerick Youth Service’s Bike Project.

The teenagers, who hail from across Limerick are participants in On Yer Bike, a twelve week programme that introduces young people to bike building and maintenance as well as promoting the important role cycling plays in staying healthy in both mind and body.’

‘As part of On Yer Bike the young people learn about bike maintenance such as repairing tyres, brackets and gears,’ explained LYS’s Des Galligan.

‘When not in the garage, we go for cycles with the trip in Ballyhoura showing how enjoyable and healthy cycling is,’ said Des, youth worker with LYS’s Bike Project.

‘The young people and staff really enjoyed it (the trip to Ballyhoura) and for many of the group it was their first time cycling in an official off road bike trail,’ said Des.

The group are now back in the garage but will be taking to the highways and byways of Ireland in the near future with a trip to the Great Western Greenway, Co. Mayo planned for February.

Some of the young people are members of a number of LYS’s Garda Youth Diversion and Youth & Family Support Projects.

Enjoying a winter morning cycle with LYS's Bike Project

Enjoying a winter morning cycle with LYS’s Bike Project 

Run in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and Cycling Ireland, LYS’s Bike Project is based at The Factory Southside Youth Space, Galvone, Limerick.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.