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Thursday 23 March 2017

One million trips make Dublin Bikes a world beater

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

ONE million cycle trips have been made on Dublin city's bike scheme, making it one of the most successful in the world. The one millionth biker took to the saddle at 7.25pm on Saturday night -- 11 months and one day after the scheme was introduced.

Councillor Andrew Montague, who first proposed the environmentally-friendly scheme to council chiefs, said Dublin Bikes had become one of the best such programmes in the world.

"In Melbourne, their bike scheme is averaging fewer than 70 trips per day, while in Dublin it is over 5,000 trips using the same number of bikes," he said.

"In Paris, 3,000 bikes were stolen in the first year, in Dublin we had two stolen and both of them were recovered.

"In London, annual membership costs more than €50, while it is only €10 in Dublin."

Mr Montague said the Dublin Bike Scheme also highlighted how safe it was to cycle in the capital.

"After one million trips, there hasn't been a single serious accident," said the Labour Party councillor.

He added: "We need to build on this success and spread the scheme across the city."

Irish Independent

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