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Rozanna Purcell pictured as Dublin bikes celebrated its 5th birthday with some Coca Cola goodies for bike users. Photo:Naoise Culhane.

Rozanna Purcell pictured as Dublin bikes celebrated its 5th birthday with some Coca Cola goodies for bike users. Photo:Naoise Culhane.

Naoise Culhane

Rozanna Purcell pictured as Dublin bikes celebrated its 5th birthday with some Coca Cola goodies for bike users. Photo:Naoise Culhane.

OVER 2.5 million journeys were made using the popular Dublin Bikes scheme last year - the highest ever in a 12-month period.

A major expansion of the scheme, which celebrated its fifth birthday yesterday, is now almost complete.

It provides 1,500 bikes spread over 100 stations around the city.

Long-term membership currently stands at 46,695, while short-term members total 9,395

The average journey time is about 20 minutes.

"It is one of the most popular public bike hire schemes in the world," said Jim Keogan, from Dublin City Council.

"The expansion has made it easier to meet demand. Long term membership has increased by about 45pc this year.'' he added.

Similar schemes are soon set to start in Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Irish Independent