Tuesday 30 May 2017

New station lockers step bike security up a gear

Olympic cyclist Martyn Irvine at Booterstown Station in Dublin yesterday.
Olympic cyclist Martyn Irvine at Booterstown Station in Dublin yesterday.

Donall Hoey

THE life of a cyclist is to get a little easier with a new service allowing cyclists to secure their bikes in lockers at train, DART and Luas stations in and around Dublin.

Under the new plan, officially launched yesterday by Irish Olympic cyclist Martyn Irvine, a yearly charge of €75 plus a deposit of €25 will secure a locker at any of the 14 stations in the scheme.

Although the €75 rental fee does not cover any insurance or reimbursement in case of theft, Iarnrod Eireann is confident the lockers offer good protection.

"These lockers are very secure," spokeswoman Jane Cregan said.

"London has 2,500 of these and there has been no recorded successful break-in of one. We will look at expanding them to other locations through Ireland if the Dublin scheme goes well."

The bike lockers have been available in some stations since the start of the year but have now been expanded. These include: Booterstown (10 lockers); Dalkey (10); Dun Laoghaire (6); Sutton (10); Howth Junction (10); Leixlip/ Confey (5) Leixlip/Louisa Bridge (10); Maynooth (15); Castleknock (12); Coolmine (12); Dunboyne (12); M3 Parkway (12) and Connolly Station (10).

To hire a locker, go to bikelocker.ie or irishrail.ie.

Irish Independent

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