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First new Dublin Bikes stations launched, part of €35 million expansion

The expansion will create 58 new stations and bring the total number of bikes to 1,500 by the middle of 2014.

Dublin Bikes
Dublin Bikes
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THE FIRST PHASE of a €35 million expansion of the Dublin Bikes scheme begins today with the opening of two new stations.

As well as the expansion of the stand at the Talbot Street, new stations have been opened at North Wall Quay and Deverell Place off Gardiner Street, making an extra 50 bikes available.

Eight new stations will be open by the middle of next month, including ones at Clonmel Street, Great Stand Street, and Mount Street Lower.

Dublin Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn said these are the first of 58 new stations. The multi-million euro expansion also add 950 new bikes to the networking, bringing the total to 1,500 by the July 2014.

It’s aimed at introducing larger stations which will be able to handle periods of peak demand better.

It will be managed by JCDecaux, with the €35 million in funding coming a combination of NTA grants, Dublin City Council funds, membership fees and sponsorship.

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