City bike scheme to expand this year
THE latest expansion of the popular Dublinbikes scheme could happen by the end of the year.
Dublin City Council hopes to be in a position to push ahead with the additional capacity in coming months.
The bicycle initiative has been a runaway success.
The local authority had planned for 5,000 subscribers after the first year but instead 65,000 citizens signed up.
"Since it has been launched, we've been inundated with demand for it to be expanded," the scheme's manager Jason Frehill told the Herald.
A grant of €500,000 from the National Transport Authority to the council will fund the design and implementation works for proposed expansion. Bike stations will open in the Docklands and Heuston Quarter as part of the move.
Mr Frehill said the council had started preliminary design work and was addressing the public procurement issues.
"We would like to start straight away, hopefully by the end of the year," he added.