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Thursday 16 August 2018

City cyclists get a birthday surprise

DUBLIN Bike users were surpised this morning with gifts to mark five years since the popular service began.

The public hire bike scheme was first introduced to the capital in September 2009.

Since then, there have been almost eight million bike journeys on the streets of Dublin.

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This morning members received a gift of a saddle cover and a Sam Browne reflector belts to mark the day.

Just last week the scheme record its busiest ever day with an incredible 13,614 journeys taken on September 4 throughout the capital.

Members have taken over 2.5 million journeys in the last year alone.

A major expansion of the scheme, which has been part-funded by the National Transport Authority, is now almost complete.

The expansion means the scheme, which was renamed Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes in June this year, now has 1,500 bikes and 100 stations available to its members.

Jim Keogan, executive manager in Dublin City Council's Planning and Development Department said: "The scheme is one of the most popular and successful public bike hire schemes in the world.

"The expansion has made it easier to meet demand for bikes and it means it now covers a bigger part of the city. Long-term membership has increased by about 45pc this year." Jon Woods, general manager, Coca- Cola Great Britain and Ireland, said that the plan is to extend the scheme beyond the capital.

"Our commitment to Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes builds on other measures we are taking to encourage active lifestyles across the country through our support of the regional bike schemes in Cork, Galway and Limerick, and through the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund which has granted €375K to non-profit groups taking an innovative approach to help get more people active," he said.

"The fifth birthday of Coca- Cola Zero dublinbikes is a milestone we didn't want to go unmarked. We hope everyone enjoys their saddle cover and reflector belt that we're giving away today with each bike to mark the celebration."

There are currently 100 stations and 1,500 bikes with 46,695 long-term members and 9,395 short-term members

The average journey time is 20 minutes.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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