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Almost five million journeys were made on city bike schemes in 2016

The 40 million kilometres travelled since bike schemes began here is enough for 1,000 round trips around the planet.

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NEW FIGURES RELEASED today have shown that almost five million journeys were made across the five city bike schemes in Ireland last year.

The vast majority of these took place in Dublin, but there was also strong uptake in the schemes in Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

In total, 4,903,851 journeys were made across the five bike schemes in 2016.

A total of 91,850 were subscribers to the service by the end of 2016, up from 74,740 the previous year.

In Dublin, 68,074 subscribers made 4,355,437 journeys last year. Since the scheme began in 2009, people have travelled for an estimated 39 million kilometres in the capital.

The busiest day for Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes, operated by Dublin City Council and JCDecaux, was on 16 September 2016, when 18,041 journeys took place.

In Cork, 9,549 people have signed up to the service, while 2,143 and 2,840 have signed up to the bike schemes in Galway and Limerick, respectively.

Between these three cities, a total of 337,056 journeys took place last year.

In Belfast, where the scheme began in April 2015, 9,513 subscribers made a total of 211,358 journeys last year.


Reacting to the figures, Dublin City Council Executive Manager Paul Clegg said: “Providing the public with sustainable modes of transport is really important and our work promoting cycling lies at the heart of our efforts.

“We are really pleased with the way the public has embraced Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes and, in 2017, we look forward to reaching even more people through an expansion of the scheme catchment to Grangegorman.”

Joanne Grant, managing director at JCDecaux Ireland, added:

Subscribers tell us they love the convenience of the scheme and we are delighted that our extensive network of stations allows people to enjoy the city in a whole new way.

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