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Solar activity follows an approximately 11 year cycle, the minimal point of which occurred last December. Solar Cycle 25 has now begun. To wit:

…[the] quiet Sun, at minimum activity, appears on the right of this split hemispherical view. In contrast, the left side shows the active Sun at the recognised maximum of Solar Cycle 24, captured in April 2014. The extreme ultraviolet images from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory highlight coronal loops and active regions in the light of highly ionised iron atoms. Driving the space weather around our fair planet, Solar Cycle 24 was a relatively calm one and predictions are that cycle 25 will be calm too. The cycle 25 activity maximum is expected in July 2025. Solar Cycle 1, the first solar cycle determined from early records of sunspot data, is considered to begin with a minimum in February 1755.

(Image: NASA, SDO)




The Dublin Cycling Campaign and their supporters held a “slow cycle” along the quays of the River Liffey “due to ongoing delays in developing the Liffey Cycle Route”.

They write:

The current official plans for the Liffey Cycle Route wouldn’t see the project implemented until 2024 at the earliest – that would be 13 years after the project was first proposed!

Liffey Cycle Protest (Dublin Cycling Campaign)

Pics: David A Karlström

This morning.

In Copenhagen, Denmark.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen go for a cycle during a ‘working lunch’.

Mr Varadkar is in the middle of a two-day trip to Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen for talks with his Swedish and Danish counterparts.

It’s not a caption competition…unless you insist.

Pics: Jennifer Bray



Free September 14?

Con Kennedy writes:

The Second Saturday in September is coming! And that means the Annual BlanchWheelies 100K Hospice Spin!

Sign on from 9am Strawberry Hall [Strawberry beds, Dublin]- Depart 10am sharp (2 groups)

Food stops at circa 50k (Skyrne) and burger and chips at the finish!

Route here

Donations to St Francis Hospice in lieu of entry fee.

Lunchbox-sized Lycra bulges to a minimum if possible.

BlanchWheelies Hospice Spin 2019 (Facebook Events)


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This afternoon.

Cork city’s first cycle map.

The brainchild of the Transport & Mobility Forum (TMF) and the Cork Cycling Campaign, the routes were suggested by regular cyclists based on segregation, quality and connectedness.

TMF co-ordinator Sandy McGroarty said “cycling around Cork can be made more enjoyable by using the routes suggested on the map which are often safer, quieter and quicker than other routes”.


Cork city cycle map for locals and visitors launched (RTÉ)

Kieran writes:

Dublin Cycling Campaign is hosting a mass cycle along Dublin’s Quays this Sunday to demonstrate support for the Liffey Cycle Route. This fun, free, family-friendly cycle will highlight the need for a safe, segregated cycle route along the Quays, from the Phoenix Park down the the Point Village.

The Liffey Cycle will depart from the Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park at 11am and then proceed down the Quays in one large convoy of bikes. After a brief pause near the Beckett Bridge we will head to Phibsborough where local residents and Phizzfest will provide music and refreshments outside Bang Bang Café on Leinster Street.

This is a free event and no registration is required. Every type of cyclist, and non-cyclist, is welcome to come along. Marshalling and traffic management will be provided by Dublin Cycling Campaign and the Garda Traffic Corp. For more information please check out Dublin Cycling Campaign’s website.


The intersection of Bridge Street and Cook Street, Dublin

There have been 139 submissions to the Dublin Inquirer Bicycle Collision Tracker map.

A pattern is emerging.

Willy Simon writes:

We’ve found an intersection in Dublin’s city centre that appears to be particularly dangerous for cyclists…There is a discernible cluster of reported incidents in the city centre, and it’s only a stone’s throw from Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices at Wood Quay. Two accidents have been reported at the intersection of Bridge Street and Cook Street, and three more just south of the intersection on Bridge Street Upper before it meets High Street….[details on how it can be improved at link below]

Danger For Cyclists – Here’s A Place To Avoid (Willy Simon. Dublin Inquirer)

Pic: Caroline Brady/Dublin Inquirer