This 58-minute radio documentary is named
“On Yer Bike – Revolutionary Eco-Friendly Transport!”
Theme of documentary-
For most Irish people in the late 19th century, travel other than by walking, horse-power (whether riding one or being pulled by one in a carriage or trap) or by a steam-powered train, was unusual, if indeed one travelled large distances at all. But the arrival of the bicycle at affordable prices from the 1890s onwards changed everything. For the first time ever in world history, it made modern transportation a practical option for the general population, and in the process created a real social revolution. For example, the bicycle allowed the local people from countless rural communities in Ireland to travel beyond the traditional 4-mile radius of their townland to find marriage partners. The bicycle also became a practical and cheap commuting vehicle for people to and from work, places of recreation or wherever. If that wasn’t enough, the coming of the bicycle helped progress the cause of women’s emancipation, since early 20th century female cyclists increasingly refused to wear bloomers or be chaperoned, and instead opted for pants and cycling with friends or even sweethearts! In a nutshell, the bicycle greatly improved the quality of many Irish people’s lives back then….and thankfully continues to do so right up to our modern times.
This 58-minute radio documentary celebrates the history of the bicycle in Ireland, from its tentative beginnings in the mid-19th century, to the ever-increasing numbers of people cycling nowadays- with a particular focus on: (a). the deep Irish involvement in the early development of the modern pneumatic-tyre bicycle; (b). the role of the Wexford based Pierce Bicycle Company in pioneering an Irish-bicycle manufacture industry for a number of years; & (c). how cycling has evolved over the last century in Ireland, so that it’s nowadays more popular than ever before, with increased numbers of people taking to their bikes nationwide- cycling for work, leisure, sport or whatever.
More than anything else, this documentary seeks to send out the message to the listening public that- cycling is 100% accessible, healthy, enjoyable and Eco-friendly; and that they shouldn’t be afraid to get cycling, since there’s a world of adventure waiting to be discovered.
** This 58-minute radio documentary is to be downloaded for non-profit purposes only, in adherence with the universal truth- “What you do for yourself dies with you, what you do for others remains. It is immortal.”