Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the news that Dublin City Council has agreed to treble the number of bikes available under the Dublin Bikes scheme from 500 to 1,500.
“Since it was introduced four years ago, the Dublin Bikes scheme has proven to be a template for cities across Europe and indeed the world. It has shown how successful a well-implemented, efficiently-run urban bike scheme can be.
“Recently the number of journeys on Dublin Bikes exceeded five million. When you consider that this was achieved with only 500 bicycles, it becomes all the more impressive. It is envisioned that, by 2015, we will be on course to have increased the fleet to 5,000 bicycles, with the scheme stretching as far north as Dublin City University.
“The Dublin Bikes initiative changes attitudes and behaviours. It frees up our roads, makes it much easier for workers and tourist to get around the city centre and encourage people to engage in a cost-effective and healthy form of public transport.
“Ultimately, it’s great for tourists, workers, students, businesses and great for the city of Dublin as a whole. I would like to commend Dublin City Council and its councillors for voting to treble the number of bikes and I look forward to further successes for this initiative in the years ahead.”