Ireland has produced it’s fair share of world class cyclists over the years but still doesn’t have the type of bicycle culture found in countries like Holland or Germany. If you talk to middle aged Germans about Ireland chances are they will tell you about the wonderful time they had cycling around Ireland in the 70’s. If you’ve cycled along a country road in Ireland recently you will quickly understand why that type of tourism is a thing of the past. With barely the width of two cars available on most country roads and drivers driving rally-like speeds making no allowances for cyclists or pedestrians, country cycling has become a much more adventurous and downright dangerous pastime.
The bicycle has really come into it’s own in towns and cities. With more and more cycle lanes available it has become a viable mode of urban transport. The success of the Dublin Bikes scheme is not the only indication that the bike is fast becoming a convenient alternative around town. E-Bicycles will awaken a whole new appreciation for the two wheeler.