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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Successful Dublin bike scheme to grow to three times current size

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

AN Taisce today welcomed the expansion of the Dublin bike scheme, which will lead to a trebling in the number of bikes in the city.

The heritage body said the move means Dublin will soon have a world class communal bike scheme without the sacrifice of unsightly billboards.

And it praised the new grant funding for the scheme, in a departure from the original project three years ago, where authorities agreed that 170 billboards be permitted in exchange for providing 400 rental bikes.

Work to treble the number of bikes from 500 to 1,500, and more than double the number of stands where they can accessed from 44 to 100, will begin before the end of the year.

An Taisce fought the bill board funding agreements for the original scheme, saying it represented "very poor value for the city" while also jeopardizing road safety.

It said the grant agreement for the new scheme heralds a "victory for everybody."

"Arising from a relatively small grant of half a million euro from the National Transport Authority, Dublin will soon have a world clas communal bike scheme without further defacing its environment."

The provisions of the 56 new stations and 1,000 bikes will be the first phase of a five-year expansion plan to increase the number of bikes to 5,000 and the number of bike stations to approximately 300.

This expansion, radiating out from the current 44 city centre stations, will bring the bikes into the suburbs as far as DCU to the north of the city, UCD to the south, Inchicore to the west and Sandymount to the east.

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