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Dublin: 7 °C Monday 18 February, 2019
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A sunny, dry Thursday this month gave Dublin Bikes its busiest day ever

The service has also reached the milestone of 50,000 subscribers.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN BIKES HAS recorded its busiest day so far, after it was used for more than 15,000 journeys earlier this month.

The scheme, which recently had a name change after Coca-Cola Zero came on board as a sponsor, has also now reached the key milestone of 50,000 subscribers.

The managing director of JCDecaux, Joanne Grant, said this demonstrates “the overwhelming success of our business model”.

She noted that membership has so far increased 40% from last year.

The service, now in its fifth year, has been used for over eight million journeys, and has recently launched a massive expansion, doubling the number of stations and trebling the number of bikes.

But what sparked the busiest day? Just over 15,400 journeys were made using a Dublin Bike on October 2nd.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council commented that the peak usage was also in October last year, possibly due to students returning to capital (presumably filled with good intentions of taking up cycling).

Data from Met Éireann shows that temperatures remained in the mid-to-high teens for most the day and into the evening. There was also minimal, if any, rainfall recorded.

Of course, there’s also a lot more bikes on Dublin’s roads as well.

“We are now seeing more and more cyclists in the capital,” Philip Maguire from the Council’s Planning and Development Department said.

The availability of the additional bikes and stations has made the city more accessible and it’s great to see so many people using our bikes and their own bikes as a quick and healthy way to get around the city.

The scheme was originally due to be rolled out to Limerick, Galway, and Cork by this autumn, but this has now been delayed.

Infographic: Pedal power is up in Dublin, but we’re using far less energy overall >

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