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In Pictures: Laois secondary school take part in Bike Week to encourage students to cycle to school

Portlaoise College students Byran Jugala, Erik Tisljrec, Khuan Santos, Scott Byrne and Rickard T.C Photo Credit Denis Byrne

‘Bike Week’ is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling which is taking place across Laois this week.

On Thursday, staff and students from Portlaoise College joinedin – becoming the first school to take part.

Ahead of the main event, the school undertook a number of activities to prepare such as learning to cycle with Laois Sports Partnership and a safety talk from Garda.

On Thursday, they did a 9km loop around Portlaoise. It all kicked off at 10am with bike safety check and they left the school just after 10.45am with a Garda escort all around Portlaoise.

45 students took part – 1st and 2nd years alongside the members of the Green School committee.

The teachers behind the initiative were Sarah Rowan, Adele Wilson and Ian Hennessy and they were joined on the cycle by John Fitzpatrick, Chris Gleeson and Keith McClearn (Deputy Principal).

The aim of the event was to encourage students to use the bike lanes around Portlaoise to cycle to School.

Photographer Denis Byrne was there to capture some great pictures.

Check them out below:

Young Portlaoise College cyclists during Laois Co Co Sport and Leisure Sections “Bike Week” Initiative Photo Denis Byrne
Young Portlaoise College cyclists during Laois Co Co Sport and Leisure Sections “Bike Week” Initiative Photo Denis Byrne
Young Portlaoise College cyclists during Laois Co Co Sport and Leisure Sections “Bike Week” Initiative Photo Denis Byrne

“On their Bikes” for Laois Co Co Sports and Leisure Section “Bike Week” Initiative were these young Portlaoise College students Photo Credit Denis Byrne
“On their Bikes” for Laois Co Co Sports and Leisure Section “Bike Week” Initiative were Portlaoise College students Byran Jugala, Erik Tisljrec, Khuan Santos, Scott Byrne and Rickard T.C Photo Credit Denis Byrne
Garda Michael O’Connell addressing the students ahead of the cycle on Wednesday Photo Credit Denis Byrne
Daithi Quirk and Mark Scully

Pictured at Laois Co Co Sport and Leisure Section “Bike Week” initiative were Portlaoise College teachers Keith McClaren, Sarah Phelan, John Fitzpatrick, Adele Wilson, Ian Hennessy Photo Credit Denis Byrne

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.