Dublin bicycle scheme celebrates reaching its 10 millionth journey
The city's public bike initiative marked a milestone today by reaching over 10 million journeys, with three million trips in the last nine months alone.
The Coca-Cola dublinbikes was set up in September 2009 and reached the one million customer mark by August of the following year.
Today's lucky milestone user Mairead Roche, who was rewarded with a cycling holiday to France, explained how she first started using the council's bike scheme.
"What really got me using them first was my own bike being stolen, so I'd no other alternative apart from using the Dublin bike scheme," she said.
"I use them every day and it's saved me the huge capital cost of actually having to buy another bike."
Speaking at the event, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe praised the scheme, saying its attraction was evident in the diversity of people who use it.
"Dublin is perfectly suited to cycling as a means of transportation and I was delighted last week to see that the NTA's (National Transport Authority) Canal Cordon report outline that cycling there has continued its steady trend of increasing usage, with the number of daily cycling trips exceeding 10,000 for the first time," he added.
Dublin City Chief executive Owen Keegan said that over 10 million journeys in little over five years was an amazing achievement.
"It shows what an excellent decision it was to provide the service originally and to then expand it," he said.
"I would like to congratulate everybody involved, especially the scheme's members who have done so much to make it the success story it has become."
Dublin's public bike hire service has some 53,000 members, who have access to around 1,500 bikes in the city.
The annual subscription fee is €20, with bicycles available at 101 stations across the city.
Mr Keegan also highlighted how the scheme has played a major role in the rise in the number of people commuting to the city by bike, rising by approximately 114pc since 2006, with a 14pc increase last year alone.