Festival programme 13


Here is a pdf of this years festival booklet, printed copies are being distributed, please spread the word !

KBF selected as winning Irish action as part of EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Campaign!

We are delighted to hear the news that the Kerry Bicycle Festival has been chosen as the winning Irish action as part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign!

In 2010 the KBF was chosen by the Department of Transport as a demonstration project as part of it’s sustainable transport initiative Smarter Travel, now it is great to see the festival been recognised at a European level.

You can keep up to date with all the Do The Right Mix actions throughout the EU on Facebook Twitter you can also find out more information on the Do The Right Mix initiative at dotherightmix.eu and Mobility Week

The SUM campaign is linked to the European Mobility Week, which runs from 16 to 22 September every year and culminates in the ’In Town Without My Car!’ day. It is managed by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme – the EU’s support programme for non-technological actions in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Announcing KBF 2013

KBF 2013

We are delighted to announce that the 2013 Kerry Bicycle Festival will be take place on the week of the 16th to the 22nd of September.

This year the festival the will coincide with European Mobility Week, World Car-Free day and Culture night so get ready for a week long celebration of cycling culture.

So if you have any ideas for events at this years festival or wish to get involved please get in touch, shur all you need is a bike !

Cycle Mapping

Big Cycle Video

Check out this video from the Big Cycle on Saturday, big thanks to thanks to Niall at Knobbly Productions
for capturing and sharing it.

If you have any video of photos from the event, we would love to check them out too.

Bike romance on the radio…

For those of you who missed out on Kathryn Thomas discovering how Helen & Niall met on a Kerry Bicycle Festival cycle and Maria talking about the Tour De Romance on RTE’s John Murray show you can listen back here:

The Tour de Romance – RTE radio 1 John Murray show

We just found this great picture of Niall fixing his bike on the night in question, was this the very moment that Helen noticed Niall ? It was taken out Ballyseede Castle the desert course, incidentally the photo was taken by Gerry, the friend Helen mentioned who she went on the cycle with !

Chaingang Sportive

For any cyclist out there who fancy a bit more of a challenge local cycle club The Chain Gang hold their annual Sportives on Saturday the 15th [ the day the festival kicks off! ]

They have two spectacular routes on offer, Check out the Chain Gang Sportives website for more information.



Bicycle Shorts Fenit

Gearing up to the 2012 festival we present another screening of short films culled from the KBF archive, this time we are visiting Fenit. Do drop in if you are in the neighbourhood.

Venue The Beach Cafe, Fenit
Thursday 6th September 8pm

KBF Cycle Shorts Submission Call 2012

The Kerry Bicycle Festival, currently in its 5th year, seeks submissions
of both bike related short films and bike themed art works for this
years festival, which takes place from the 15th to the 23rd of September.
Last year, the Cycling Shorts screening was in the lovely surrounds of
Blennerville Windmill, and punters were treated to 14 short films from
all over the globe, all inspired by, and/or featuring bicycles.
We accept DVDs, and hi res quicktimes in any format. Deadline is the
7TH OF SEPTEMBER. We are open to approaching film makers that
have posted their work on Vimeo or Youtube (or anywhere else) so if
you have seen a worthy film online, by all means, send us on the link!
Email film@kerrybicyclefestival.org

KBF_Cycling Shorts_Submission Call

Kerry Bicycle Festival 2012 call for Short Films

KBF film night was in the lovely surrounds of Blennerville Windmill last
year, and punters were treated to 14 short films from all over the globe,
all inspired by, and/or featuring bicycles. We accept DVDs, and hi res
quicktimes in any format. Deadline is the 7th of September. We are open to
approaching film makers that have posted their work on Vimeo or Youtube (or
anywhere else) so if you have seen a worthy film online, by all means, send
us on the link!
Email: film@kerrybicyclefestival.org

For an over view of what we’ve done over the last few years, have a look at our online brochure, or at a short montage of the highlights here.

Bicycle Shorts – Killarney

Kerry Bicycle festival and Killarney Summerfest present a selection of short films inspired by or featuring bicycles.
Thursday 2nd August 8pm
Upstairs at Cortneys Bar, Killarney,

KBF Bicycle Shorts @ Killarney Sumerfest

B’Spoke – Developing Cycle Tourism in Kerry

This upcoming seminar might be of interest:

B’SPOKE KERRY – Developing Cycle Tourism in Kerry

The seminar which is organised by the Institute of Technology, Tralee in association withNEKD will we taking place at the IT Tralee on APRIL 21st 2012 – Registration commences at 9 AM. The seminar runs from 9.30 to 1pm.

A Q & A session will follow each presentation. During this half day seminar we will hear from those directly involved in the development and promotion of other locations as cycling hubs within the island of Ireland.

Rick Cookeof “Sustrans” Northern Ireland will address the seminar with regard to the “Safe Routes” concept currently in operation in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Padraig Philbin from Mayo County Council who spearheaded a project on the old Great Western Railway line will give an account of how the development of a cycle route has generated €7.2 million in extra revenue for the area.

Liam O’ Mahony who co-ordinated a voluntary project to develop the old Great Southern Railway line between Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale as a cycle track will highlight the process they underwent.

Micheál Colcannon, Former President of Cycling Ireland, will present an update on the proposed downhill cycle trail at Shroneaboy, Glenflesk

Declan Murphy from Fáilte Ireland will present Fáilte Ireland’s tourism policy in relation to its support for new product development.

For further information and bookings please contact:

Mary Rose Stafford, Centre Manager, Hospitality & Tourism Unit, Institute of Technology Tralee Co. Kerry. Tel 066-7191664.


Plans are underway for the 5th annual Kerry Bicycle Festival, we would like next years festival to be bigger and better than ever. This year we are moving the festival to the other side of the summer , keep the 15th to the 22th of September free !
If you have any great ideas,  suggestions, would like to help out, organise an event or would just like to find out what the festival is all about, you are invited to come along to an open meeting next Thursday [1st Dec.] at 8pm in o’Donnells Bar & Restaurant, Mounthawk Tralee.

Tralee to Fenit

Walk the Line Tralee Fenit cycleway

The conversion of the old Tralee to Fenit rail line into a trail for walkers and cyclists has been mooted many times in the past. It has been specifically  identified  by both Tralee Town Council [ in the Town Transport plan, and LUTS report] and Kerry county council [in the County development plans]

Things moved forward a bit in 2009 when funding was granted to Spa/Fenit Community Council to completed the Fenit to the Spa section, Kerry County Council then decided to back the project by assisting with the remaining section of the line to Tralee.

Work initially started on the project but has since stopped, and there are now fear that the project will, if you excuse the pun, become derailed.

Recently  a number residents from along the route, Fenit, Spa and Tralee have come together to promote the project, under the Banner Friends of the Tralee/Fenit Pathway.

They are calling on all supporters of the project to come out on Sunday 23rd Oct. to walk the Rock Street to Mounthawk section of the line.

Every year during the Bicycle Festival we cycle to Fenit, hopefully for next years festival we will be able to do it on the old railway

Check out the Tralee-Fenit cycleway website for more information.

Bike Week in Kerry

National Bike Week kicks off today,  for details on all the events happening in Kerry check out the Bike Week website: