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Dublinbikes hits 3 million journeys

THREE million journeys have now been made on dublinbikes.

The public bike hire scheme passed the milestone three days before Christmas.

The scheme has proved "hugely popular" with people who live, work and visit Dublin since the first journey on September 13, 2009, according to Dublin City Council.

"I am absolutely delighted with the success of the dublinbikes scheme," said Lord Mayor Andrew Montague.

"To see dublinbikes pass the three million journeys mark less than two a half years after its launch is very welcome and shows the demand for cycling."

He congratulated everyone involved with the scheme, which is operated by JC Decaux Ireland on behalf of the council.

So far, 65,358 people have joined dublinbikes -- made up of 37,817 long term (one year) members and 27,541 people who have taken short term (three day) membership.

Dublinbikes has 44 stations and 550 bikes around the city, equipped for both types of user.

Four new stations at Smithfield, Eccles Street, Harcourt Terrace and Charlemont Mall, were opened in 2010.

In October, dublinbikes won the best "green" contribution at the inaugural Dublin Living Awards as the initiative which had contributed most to "green living" in the capital.

Joanne Grant, Managing Director of JC Decaux Ireland, said then that the company was "extremely proud" of what dublinbikes has achieved in the two years since it was launched.

The Dublin Living Award was particularly meaningful as it had been voted for by members of the public and was a real endorsement of how dublinbikes had become "an integral part of life in our capital city," she added.