Friday 23 March 2018

More than 11,000 users signed up for bike schemes outside the capital

Hector O hEochagain at the launch of the Galway Bikes scheme
Hector O hEochagain at the launch of the Galway Bikes scheme
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Just over 11,000 commuters have signed up to public bike schemes in Cork, Limerick and Galway.

New figures from the National Transport Authority (NTA) show almost 6,800 cyclists in Cork, another 2,000 in Galway and 2,300 in Limerick have taken out annual subscriptions.

Some 220 people are members of schemes in two or more cities.

The schemes were launched last November and invited members of the public to pay €10 per year to rent bikes from stations located across the cities. The first half hour is free, after which charges apply.

There has been criticism about the low number of stations in some cities, but the NTA said that more would be provided as take-up improved.

A spokeswoman also said that some IT issues had been raised since the scheme became operational, with one station in Cork out of commission for the last six weeks.

"We're happy with the public response to date," she said. "It's still in its first year of operation.

"There's a software issue with some stations, and we have a meeting about this shortly. Brian Boru Bridge in Cork is down for six weeks and that will be addressed.

"We're happy it is performing well and we hope to be able to improve on that in the future."

The public bike scheme was first rolled out in Dublin and now has some 42,000 annual subscribers.

Figures from the NTA show the busiest scheme is in Cork, with 202,702 trips taken.

The most popular journey is from Bandfield to St Patrick's Street.

The busiest station in Cork is Fitzgerald Park, which has been used more than 18,000 times, and the least-used is Grattan Street, with just 2,294 trips.

In Limerick, 31,368 journeys have been taken. The most popular is between Mount Saint Vincent and O'Connell Street, with 606 trips.

Almost 4,300 trips have been taken from Mary Immaculate College, the busiest in the city.

Some 17,348 have been taken in Galway. The most popular trip is from Fr Burke Road to Eyre Square, with 355 journeys made.

The busiest station is Cathedral, with 2,127 trips.

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