€75,000 secured for Dublin bike sharing scheme
26th February 2014
Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has approved €75,000 in funding to complete a feasibility study for the introduction of a new bike hire scheme to the suburbs of South County Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Almost two years ago, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council began lobbying for a bike sharing scheme similar to that of the very popular initiative in Dublin city, Dublin Bikes. Already a huge success, Dublin Bikes announced a massive expansion in April 2013. Dublin City Council will introduce 550 new bikes and 44 new bike stations which will increase the total number of bikes to 1,500, and stations to 102, once the expansion is complete.
The funding received is part of almost €3.5m granted to the council from the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) programme. €475,000 has also been approved for the provision of priority cycle routes and improved cycle parking facilities along the north coast of Dublin and throughout Dun Laoghaire. In 2013, Dublin Bikes recorded over 1.5 million journeys in 12 months. The success of Dublin Bikes is a great example to other European cities considering the introduction of a similar bike sharing scheme.
European Green Capital
The European Green Capital Award recognises the impact that well planned sustainable transport can have on the overall environment of a city and has listed local transport as one the 12 indicators for the Award. The city of Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 is aiming to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists. Its goal is to have 50 % of people cycling to their place of work or education by 2015 (35% cycled to their workplace or school in 2010), helping the city reach their ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2025.
For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.