Irish City Bikes
Posted by Neil Hand on the 28th of November 2014 at 12:01:16
City bikes are being rolled out in Galway, Limerick and Cork Cities respectively in the run-up to Christmas, following the lead of the Dublin Bikes initiative, which has been an overwhelming success. Dublin Bikes were launched in 2009, and in the five years since, they have grown massively in every sense. When launched, there were 40 stations dotted around the City with a total of 450 bikes. In 2014, the number of stations had grown incredibly to 102 stations with 1500 bikes. They have become a new symbol for Dublin City.
Alongside the Cycle to Work government scheme (which came into existence on January 1st 2009 and allows employees to purchase bikes/equipment to the value of €1000 with up to 52% off in tax), Dublin Bikes have helped to establish and develop a cycling culture in Ireland which is extremely beneficial to us in a number of ways. There are wonderful health, environmental, economic and leisure advantages to cycling which are widely known and publicised. It’s very exciting that the City Bikes scheme is now being rolled out in three of Ireland’s other biggest cities, and I expect nothing but success from the initiative.
Galway City launched their City Bikes scheme on the 24th of November, and the early indications are that residents and visitors to Galway are extremely happy with the new mode of public transport available to them. There’ll be 18 stations initially, with 195 bikes, but an expansion plan has already been mapped out and will be initiated based on the popularity of the scheme. Galway is a beautiful, unique City. What better way to explore it and ensure you don’t miss a thing than on a City Bike?
Limerick City Bikes launches on the 8th of December, and will commence with 23 stations and 215 bikes. This is a vibrant City with a strong medieval and Georgian history blended with a modern, arts and culture driven aspect. The City is not particularly big, and can be explored in its entirety on a bike.
Cork City Bikes launches on the 18th of December, so expect to see plenty of people in the festive spirit out and about on the bikes. There’ll be 31 stations with 330 bikes, and once again, there’s a big hope and expectation that these numbers will be expanded in the coming years. There’s lots to see and experience in Cork City, Ireland’s second largest urban centre. The English Market and the atmosphere of Patrick Street are not to be missed.
Technology is also playing a part in this expansion of City Bikes in Ireland. There will be an App launching very soon which will assist you in using City Bikes in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Information on stations, number of bikes available in addition to your own account details can all be managed from the App.
The City Bikes scheme requires registration to use, but once you’re set up it couldn’t be easier. Prices are extremely reasonable. Registration is currently €5 for an annual membership, or €3 for a 3-day pass. The first 30 minutes of any journey is free, and the price increases after that by small amounts, to €6.50 for up to 4 hours. Full details of the scheme, including pricing, can be found herefor Limerick, Galway & Cork and herefor Dublin.
This has been a very enjoyable blog to put together, as a cyclist myself. I’m very excited by the scheme, a proud supporter of it and regard the increase in popularity of bikes in Ireland and the investment in them as one of the most progressive moves our government has ever made. Cycling is fun, healthy, good for you and others, good for the environment and good for our pockets. As someone who has lived abroad also for a number of years, I can say with all sincerity that cycling is the best way to really get a feel for a place, and in particular a City.
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