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Thursday 21 November 2019

€100-a-year bike hangars aim to get the inner city cycling

A pilot hangar was previously installed on John Dillon Street.
A pilot hangar was previously installed on John Dillon Street.

Residents of Dublin's inner city are to get new secure bike parking on their doorstep as Dublin City Council pushes to promote cycling.

BikeBunkers are secure hangars that allow owners to lock up their bikes close to their homes for an ann- ual fee of €100.

The council is currently seeking declarations of interest from bike-owning residents "between the canals". Spaces are limited to two bikes per household.

Use of the facilities, which can hold between four and six bikes, will be limited to local people.

"It provides households with alternatives to storing bicycles in hallways or in tiny back yards," the council said.

Most BikeBunkers will be located on residential streets rather than main roads and in places currently used for car parking.

Theft

The council has a budget of €84,000 for the initial stage of the project and aims to install 10 lock-ups.

A council spokesperson said it had already heard from 119 people registering interest for 162 bike spaces.

The hangars have been in use in several cities in the UK and the Netherlands for more than a decade.

The council said the objective of the initiative was to promote city cycling and reduce bike theft.

The concept originated from the council's Beta Project in 2015.

Testing ideas for improving living in Dublin, a pilot hangar was installed for five months on John Dillon Street in The Liberties.

Users who participated in the trial found using the hangar a positive experience, though it did not have any major impact on their cycling rates.

Children's bikes can be stored free if they are small enough to fit in the same space with an adult bike.

The council acknow- ledged the €100 annual fee was twice the annual cost of a residential parking permit and more expensive than similar schemes in other countries.

"Several London borough councils told us they wished they'd priced their service much higher from the start, that funding issues were affecting the expansion of the service," the council said.

It estimated that the unsubsidised cost of a space would be €165 a year.

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