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Capital's bike scheme expanded for summer

THE first phase of the Dublin Bikes expansion scheme will get under way this summer with 1,000 new bicycles expected on the streets by early next year, writes Mark O'Regan.

This will mean a doubling of the scheme's current capacity, with the Docklands and the Kilmainham/Heuston parts of the city first to benefit from the rollout.

There are currently 550 bikes and 44 bike-stations peppered across the city.

The National Transport Authority will cover the capital cost and have already provided a €500,000 grant to the council. This will fund the design and implementation works.

Dublin City Council will be responsible for covering the operational costs.

In late 2010, the council adopted a long-term strategy for the scheme, with the ultimate aim of 5,000 new bikes and approximately 300 more stations planned across the city.

"Cycling is getting safer and it's a sign of its success that there is now high demand to expand it," said Labour councillor Oisin Quinn.

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