- Three million journeys in last nine months
- Key role in +100% increase in cycling in capital in the last decade
Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes marked a milestone today with the announcement that more than 10 million journeys have now been taken on the public hire bike scheme.
The scheme, which is provided by JCDecaux on behalf of Dublin City Council, launched as dublinbikes in September 2009 and reached the one million journeys mark by August of the following year. Growing demand and public interest in the service led to a significant expansion which was completed in 2014 and made possible through capital funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) and commercial sponsorship from
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD met Mairéad Roche who took the 10 millionth
Minister Donohoe was joined by Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan, Michael Aherne, Head of the National Transport Authority’s Transport Development Division, Jennifer Heaphy, Head of Public Affairs and Communications,
Owen Keegan said: “Passing 10 million journeys in little over five years is an amazing achievement and shows what an excellent decision it was to provide the service originally and to then expand it. 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.”
Jennifer Heaphy, Head of Public Affairs and Communications for
“Our partnership with dublinbikes builds on our commitment to encourage active healthy lifestyles and through our investments in the regional bike schemes in Galway, Limerick and Cork, and more recently in Belfast, we are working to help create a culture of cycling across the island of Ireland.”
Joanne Grant Managing Director of JCDecaux Ireland commented that “Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes has been a phenomenal success. Reaching 10 million journeys is a fantastic milestone for everyone involved in the scheme and is testament to how
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Notes to the editor
The expansion of Dublin’s public hire bike service was facilitated by capital funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) and commercial sponsorship from
Owen Keegan also remarked that “Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes has played a significant role in the growth of cycling in the capital as it has provided an accessible option for many people who wanted to cycle but did not have access to a bike in the city.”
Figures from the 2014 Canal Cordon Count, which was jointly published by the NTA and Dublin City Council last week, show that the number of people commuting to the city by bike increased by approximately 114% between 2006 and 2014. There was an increase of around 14% last year alone.
The study also showed that the vast majority of commuters are now using a ‘sustainable’ option to come into Dublin city with almost 64% of commuters using public transport, cycling or walking to work. The number of cycle trips crossing the Cordon in the morning peak exceeded 10,000 for the first time and is more than double that of 2006.
This trend has been facilitated by the opening of Dublin Port Tunnel in 2007, improvements in public transport provision and the expansion of cycling facilities such as the Grand Canal Cycle Way. Dublin City Council recently finished a public consultation on a new off-road cycle way along the Liffey Quays. These facilities, in the council’s opinion, give commuters greater choice in deciding how they want to travel around Dublin.
To view the 2014 Canal Cordon count: https://www.nationaltransport.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Report_Canal_Cordon_Trends_2006-2014.pdf
Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes statistics
53,484 Long Term Subscribers
981,746 Journeys (YTD)
10,000,000 Journeys (since launch)
Busiest Usage Day Ever was 2nd October 2014 with 15,441 journeys taken
One year 1,101,877
Two years 2,529,693
Three years 4,032,750
Four years 5,290,073
Five years 7,951,866