Happy birthday Dublinbikes

Dublin's much-praised public bike hire scheme - Dublinbikes - celebrated a successful first year last week.

The Dublin City Council initiative, operated by JCDecaux, is similar to projects in Seville, Brussels and Paris and currently has 450 bikes at 40 stations in or near the city centre, with construction underway at four separate sites to expand the scheme.

Enjoying a ride on a dublinbike at the first birthday celebrations, the city’s lord mayor Gerry Breen, said: “I would like to congratulate Dublin City Council, JCDecaux and dublinbikes’ 40,000 plus members on the amazing success the scheme has had in its first year.

“In just 12 months, dublinbikes has become part of the Dublin experience.”

The lord mayor went on to praise the safety record of dublinbikes which has, despite over one million journeys made so far, recorded no major incidents, the council claims.

“You cannot be complacent when it comes to road safety,” said Mr Breen, “but to have got to over one million journeys without any significant incidents is very encouraging.

“I would ask everyone using dublinbikes to obey the rules of the road and remember you are sharing the road with other road users.

“I have no doubt that dublinbikes will continue to be one of our favourite ways to get around the city well into the future.”

Formal plans for expanding the programme into other areas of that city and the suburbs are expected to be presented to the city council later this year.

Sam Plester

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