Phased opening for the largest scheme outside Dublin - 31 stations, 330 bikes

The Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes scheme opens in Cork at noon today (December 18). 15 stations are included in this first phase of the opening, with the remaining 16 stations to be completed early in 2015 when the City’s construction moratorium is lifted. When fully complete, the scheme will see 31 stations and 330 bikes located throughout Cork city, from Kent Station to Gaol Walk, and from Griffith Bridge to the College of Commerce. It follows the recent launches of the schemes in Galway and Limerick over the past few weeks.

Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority said: “We are delighted that the Cork Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes scheme is launching today. It’s the biggest scheme outside Dublin and we have been working closely with the team in Cork City Council and with our contractors to get as many stations as possible ready to go live for this first phase of the launch. It’s an exciting and dynamic scheme, which has proved extremely popular over the past 5 years in Dublin, and in Galway and Limerick over the past few weeks. We are confident that people living in, working in and visiting Cork will really enjoy this new option that is now available to them for getting around the city.”

Frank O’Donnell, General Manager of Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said: “It’s great to see the Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes live on the streets of Cork today. We launched the Coca‑Cola Zero bikes in Galway and Limerick in recent weeks, and we’ve seen great enthusiasm for them so far. I’m sure the scheme will be just as popular here in Cork. We hope that our investment in Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes will make cycling more accessible to the people of all three cities, helping to create a culture of cycling and encouraging more active lifestyles.”

In May of this year the Rothar Nua consortium was awarded the contract for the provision of public bike schemes in the cities of Limerick, Cork and Galway by the National Transport Authority, with capital funding of €5.1 million for these schemes being provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Coca‑Cola’s partnership for the regional schemes made the roll out possible with an almost €3 million investment over the next five years.

To register today for an annual subscription to Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes of just €5 log onto www.bikeshare.ie.

Note to Editor:

The people of Cork are being invited to sign up for Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes at www.bikeshare.ie to receive an annual subscription for €5. This special offer extends to the end of 2014. When a bike user registers for an annual subscription they will receive a Welcome Pack in the post containing details of how to use the scheme and a subscription card.

For Customer Care, please dial 0818 44 44 77. This can be used for customers seeking assistance or further information on the scheme. Additionally, an App (Bikeshare.ie) is now available for download for iPhones and Androids from the App Store and Google Play stores.

For further information contact:

Sara Morris, National Transport Authority

Colin Taylor/Suzanne Sullivan, Q4: 01-4751444 / 086-3797291 / ssullivan@q4pr.ie

Bike station locations

Cork Bike Stations: 31 Stations

Given the size of the Cork City bike share scheme, comprising 31 bike stations in total (almost double the size of Galway), it intended to open the scheme in two phases, of 15 and 16 bike stations respectively. This first phase of the scheme comprising 15 bike stations will be brought into operation on 18th December. Construction of the remaining 16 stations will recommence in January immediately after the roadworks moratorium in the city centre concludes. These will be made operational by end January or start February. It is intended to have a formal launch of the scheme when the second phase of the stations are brought on-line.

The 15 stations to go live at noon today are listed below.

Docking Station Name

  • Gaol Walk
  • Fitzgerald's Park
  • Bandfield
  • Dyke Parade
  • Mercy Hospital
  • St. Fin Barre's Bridge
  • Wandesford Quay
  • Bishop St.
  • Camden Quay
  • Corn Market St.
  • South Main St.
  • South Gate Bridge
  • Coburg St.
  • College of Commerce
  • Cork School of Music