Monday, 19th February 2018
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The newly reformed Waterford Cycling Campaign is to be launched later this week with the Irish Premiere of 'Why We Cycle’.

The event is to take place on Thursday February 8 at Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery in Waterford City at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

"It is not a film about policy and strategy. Instead, it is more of a manifesto, showing people why they should want to aspire a cycling society,” stated Marco te Brömmelstroet (aka Cycling Professor ) Brömmelstroet said the film should help advocates to "know what to ask from your politicians and why you should start fighting for such a future.”

The main person behind the launch of the Waterford Cycling Campaign is

Marc Ó Cathasaigh, who has stated that having children changed his view on cycling. The groundswell of support for cycling in the county following the opening of the Waterford Greenway has pushed him to set up the new group and the documentary was a perfect fit to launch the campaign.

"So for me, it started with a bike trailer,” says Ó Cathasaigh. "I’d been a cyclist all my life, and biking on busy roads had never really bothered me. But once I had my boys in the bike trailer behind me, suddenly I was thinking:

'This is my whole family here. This isn’t safe enough’.”

He said Waterford needs cycling as a solution against traffic gridlock:

"But of course, the main impetus has to be the Greenway.

With 250,000 visitors in its first 9 months, it has really changed people’s attitudes to cycling in the county. It’s a good news story that Waterford really needed in a place that’s so often in the 'nearly man’ category,” said Ó Cathasaigh.

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