Our last major home-making purchase here is going to be a few bikes, one for Emillie and one for Nikolai (plus a front seat for Emillie's ride). I've been the lucky one so far in that I arrived with a bike. In fact, for the past 2 Sundays in a row, I've joined a group that is training for the Galway Cycle. The idea is to fund raise for a cause (this year it's breast cancer), and ride from Maynooth to Galway (on the West coast), which is about 200 km. I'm still humming and hawing over whether to join on the big event, but the training rides themselves are quite fun. One of the crew, Ivor, has his cell phone running a GPS app as we ride, which tracks us as we ride. He posts the resulting Google Map online (here's our first ride, for example).
Anyways, cycling around here is very accessible, and while the roads are narrow as every warns, you can usually find roads that are very seldomly travelled. I think the most danger comes from punctures (our crew of 13 had a total of 4 blown tires last Sunday!).