Wednesday 22 November 2017

Discussions on shared bike scheme launch in city

BleeperBike is a new app-based bike sharing service. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan
BleeperBike is a new app-based bike sharing service. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

Ryan Nugent

Dublin City Council (DCC) has warned it will remove bikes rented out by a new shared bikes scheme - if it launches before council approval.

The BleeperBike scheme has not been regulated but was due to go live over the weekend.

However, despite an initial launch of its app, users will not be able to avail of the bikes yet, with the company due to meet with DCC on Friday over a lack of byelaw regulation. DCC is understood to be concerned about the quality of the bikes, along with parking concerns.

The council said it is preparing byelaws for such schemes.

It also said any potential launch would bypass byelaws with the city council along with giving BleeperBike an unfair advantage over competitors.

BleeperBike CEO Hugh Cooney said the company is eager to meet with the council.

"We don't have an official launch date until we meet the council and that will be happening on Friday," he said. "Our bikes meet the same European specification as Dublin Bikes. Our users are insured." He said supervising staff will ensure no bikes are illegally parked.

Irish Independent

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