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Number of Dublin bikes to be tripled by Christmas

Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague has made the announcement via Twitter this afternoon, on his last official day in office.

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DUBLIN’S LORD MAYOR Andrew Montague is using his last official day in office to announce an expansion of the bike scheme he championed.

Montague has taken to Twitter to announce that negotiations on the expansion of the Dublin Bikes scheme have begun with advertising firm JCDecaux.

Free advertising space around the city was given to the firm in exchange for their funding of the bikes. Montague said today that it was too early to say if more advertising space will be provided to JCDecaux, but that he “wouldn’t expect much more”.

In Feburary a grant of €500,000 from the National Transport Authority to Dublin City Council was approved to fund the design and implementation of Dublin Bikes.

The mayor has also said that it’s hoped that 40 new stations will be installed between Heuston Station and the Point Village area.

There are already 500 bikes on the city’s streets and the scheme has been hailed as a huge success.

One of Andrew Montague’s last engagements was to meet with Yoko Ono on her visit to Dublin this week. He said she had told him that John Lennon was always very proud of his Irish roots.

He also said that meeting Aung San Suu Kyi and Dublin winning the All-Ireland were among his highlights of the year.

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