|Transit type||Bicycle sharing system|
|Number of stations||102|
|Daily ridership||42,000 annual subscribers|
Dublinbikes (styled "dublinbikes") is a public bicycle rental scheme which has operated in the city of Dublin since 2009. At its launch, the scheme, which is sponsored by JCDecaux, used 450 French-made unisex bicycles with 40 stations. By 2011 this had expanded to 550 bicycles and 44 stations, and in 2013 it was announced that a major expansion of the scheme would add a further 950 bikes and another 58 hire points. Dublin was the 17th city to implement such a scheme, and it was considered one of the most successful bike sharing schemes in the world, however in recent times progress has stalled with only 2 of 14 phases being rolled out. Currently the scheme loses €376,000 a year, leading to further expansion of Dublin Bikes being put on hold.
The scheme was announced by Dubin City Council in 2006 when JCDecaux received 72 free advertising spaces around Dublin in a 15-year deal in return for the advertising company's funding of the project. Critics argued that the deal was an expensive one when compared to Copenhagen where companies pay to have their logos attached to the bicycle. 450 bicycle stands were installed in groups of ten and twenty in forty locations around Dublin from June 2009. The scheme was opposed by An Taisce who said it was "misuse of legislation by a local authority to facilitate a private development".
The Dublinbikes scheme was launched on 13 September 2009, with around 150 ordinary cyclists embarking on their first ride behind John Tierney, Dublin City Manager, and Andrew Montague, a councillor who was representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin on the journey.
It was announced on 18 June 2014 that Coca-Cola Zero would become a commercial partner with Dublinbikes for three years. Starting at the end of June 2014, the brand was renamed Coca-Cola Zero Dublinbikes and the Coca-Cola Zero brand was added to each individual bike in return for investment in the scheme.
The scheme proved to be a great success, much exceeding predictions. Approximately 1,000 people used the bicycles in the first six hours, with a further thousand people having subscribed to use them. Some 11,000 people applied in the first fortnight and Dublin City Council's supply of subscriber cards was reduced to zero, with the Council having initially targeted a 5,000-person uptake in the first year. More than 25,000 people had applied to take part in the scheme by March 2010. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley said after the launch this level of uptake indicated the new "mainstream" approach to cycling in Ireland.
In the first ten months of the scheme, it was reported that there were over 37,000 users, over 828,000 journeys, no accidents, no vandalism, and only one bike missing (which was recovered).
On 10 May 2010 (post-launch), city councillors in Dublin voted for more advertising hoardings to be used to help with payments, with more than 30,000 people having subscribed (1,500 was the predicted number of subscribers for this stage of the project). On 14 August 2010, it was announced that the scheme had reached its one millionth trip. By May 2011, two million journeys had been made and the scheme had expanded to 550 bicycles and 44 stations. In 2013 it was announced that a major expansion of the scheme would add a further 950 bikes and another 58 hire points.
|Date||Long term||Total journeys (cumulative)|
|18 April 2010||21,134||556,497|
|20 April 2012||3,500,000|
|12 January 2013||4,674,277|
|27 November 2013||36,636||6,037,199|
|13 September 2014||46,695||7,951,866|
|30 April 2015||54,808||10,568,398|
Cost to users
To use the system, users need to take out a subscription, which allows the subscriber an unlimited number of rentals. Subscriptions can get a Long Term Hire Card costing €20, or a 3-day ticket costing €5. Prices effective from 6 December 2013. Users also authorise Dublin Bikes to charge €150 from their credit card if the bike is not returned. The first half-hour of every journey is free, after that a service charge applies. See below for pricing structure:
|Time||30 min||1 hr||2 hrs||3 hrs||4 hrs|
After 4 hours, every extra 30 minutes costs €2. In practice, the system is virtually free to users as over 95% of journeys last less than 30 minutes.
The robust bicycles are produced by the French bicycle company Mercier in Hungary and are repaired by JCDecaux. They are three-speed bicycles, fitted with Shimano Nexus gears which can be changed up and down using a twist/grip shifter on the right handlebar. A Shimano hub dynamo in the front wheel generates power for front and rear always-on LED lighting. The bikes are fitted with Schwalbe Marathon tyres. Other components include a locking system, an adjustable cushioned saddle, a front bicycle basket, a kick stand and a bell.
Each station is equipped with an automatic rental terminal and stands for approximately 20 bicycles. Initially, fourteen terminals have credit card facilities enabling the user to purchase a 3-Day Ticket.
If a user arrives with a rented bicycle at a station without open spots, the terminal grants another fifteen minutes of free rental time. The rental terminals also display information about neighbouring dublinbike stations, including location, number of available bicycles and open stands. A fleet of bicycle-transporting vehicles are used to redistribute bicycles between empty and full stations.
In November 2010, a major five-year expansion plan was adopted due to the huge success of the scheme thus far. The plan will see the number of bikes increase from 450 to 5,000 and the number of bike stations increase from 40 to 300. The scheme will be extended as far north as DCU, as far south as UCD, as far east as Sandymount and as far west as Inchicore. The expansion will be funded differently than the original scheme, most likely through a mix of public and private funding.
In July 2012 it was announced that the first part of the scheme would begin before the end of the year.
When launched in 2009 there was a total of 40 bike stations and 450 bikes. There was a small expansion completed in 2011, adding 4 new stations and an extra 100 bikes. In April 2013 expansion plans were announced to expand the network to 102 stations and increasing the number of bikes from 550 to 1500.
|Barrow Street||70||40||22 April 2014|
|Benson Street||90||40||21 February 2014|
|Blackhall Place||88||30||8 May 2014|
|Blessington Street||2||20||13 September 2009|
|Bolton Street||3||20||13 September 2009|
|Brookfield Road||84||30||26 May 2014|
|Cathal Brugha Street||24||20||13 September 2009|
|Charlemont Street||5||40||13 September 2009|
|Chatham Street||1||29||13 September 2009|
|Christchurch Place||6||20||13 September 2009|
|City Quay||99||30||27 March 2014|
|Clonmel Street||54||33||27 November 2013|
|Collins Barracks Museum||87||38||5 August 2014|
|Convention Centre||65||40||28 November 2013|
|Custom House||23||30||13 September 2009|
|Custom House Quay||8||30||13 September 2009|
|Dame Court||Under construction|
|Dame Street||10||16||13 September 2009|
|Denmark Street Great||59||20||3 March 2014|
|Deverell Place||45||30||27 November 2013|
|Earlsfort Terrace||11||30||13 September 2009|
|Eccles Street||12||20||13 September 2009|
|Eccles Street East||79||27||8 May 2014|
|Emmet Road||Under construction|
|Exchequer Street||9||24||13 September 2009|
|Excise Walk||48||40||27 November 2013|
|Fenian Street||63||35||27 November 2013|
|Fitzwilliam Square East||89||40||15 April 2014|
|Fitzwilliam Square West||13||30||13 September 2009|
|Francis Street||73||30||22 April 2014|
|Frederick Street South||Under Construction|
|Fownes Street Upper||14||30||13 September 2009|
|Georges Dock||Under construction|
|Georges Quay||16||20||13 September 2009|
|Golden Lane||17||20||13 September 2009|
|Grand Canal Dock||69||40||21 February 2014|
|Grantham Street||18||30||13 September 2009|
|Grattan Street||57||23||27 November 2013|
|Greek Street||4||20||13 September 2009|
|Guild Street||49||40||11 August 2014|
|Hanover Quay||68||40||21 February 2014|
|Harcourt Terrace||41||20||6 January 2011|
|Hardwicke Place||61||25||15 April 2014|
|Hardwicke Street||15||16||13 September 2009|
|Hatch Street||55||36||29 August 2014|
|Herbert Place||19||30||13 September 2009|
|Herbert Street||47||40||3 November 2014|
|Heuston Bridge (North)||92||40||5 August 2014|
|Heuston Bridge (South)||100||25||5 August 2014|
|Heuston Station (Car Park)||94||40||5 August 2014|
|Heuston Station (Central)||93||40||5 August 2014|
|High Street||7||29||13 September 2009|
|James Street||75||40||25 August 2014|
|James Street East||20||30||13 September 2009|
|Jervis Street||40||21||13 September 2009|
|John Street West||72||31||8 May 2014|
|Kevin Street||71||40||5 August 2014|
|Kilmainham Gaol||97||40||29 August 2014|
|Kilmainham Lane||Under construction|
|King Street North||101||30||3 June 2014|
|Leinster Street South||21||30||13 September 2009|
|Lime Street||62||40||30 January 2014|
|Market Street South||76||38||10 July 2014|
|Mater Hospital||78||40||23 July 2014|
|Merrion Square East||25||30||13 September 2009|
|Merrion Square West||26||20||13 September 2009|
|Molesworth Street||27||20||13 September 2009|
|Mount Brown||82||22||26 May 2014|
|Mountjoy Square West||28||30||13 September 2009|
|Mount Street Lower||56||40||27 November 2013|
|New Central Bank||66||40||17 January 2014|
|Newman House||53||40||7 April 2014|
|North Circular Road||60||30||26 March 2014|
|Oliver Bond Street||74||30||8 May 2014|
|Ormond Quay Upper||29||29||13 September 2009|
|Parkgate Street||86||38||5 August 2014|
|Parnell Square North||30||20||13 September 2009|
|Parnell Street||31||20||13 September 2009|
|Pearse Street||32||30||13 September 2009|
|Princes Street / O'Connell Street||33||23||13 September 2009|
|Portobello Harbour||34||30||13 September 2009|
|Portobello Road||43||30||9 March 2011|
|Royal Hospital||95||40||29 August 2014|
|Sandwith Street||64||40||24 January 2014|
|Sir Patricks Dun's||58||40||7 April 2014|
|Smithfield||35||30||13 September 2009|
|Smithfield North||42||30||6 January 2011|
|South Dock Road||91||30||22 April 2014|
|St. James's Hospital (Central)||81||40||26 May 2014|
|St. James's Hospital (Luas)||80||40||10 July 2014|
|Strand Street Great||46||35||27 November 2013|
|St. Stephen's Green East||36||40||13 September 2009|
|St. Stephen's Green South||37||30||13 September 2009|
|Talbot Street||38||40||13 September 2009|
|The Point||67||40||17 January 2014|
|Townsend Street||22||20||13 September 2009|
|Upper Sherrard Street||44||30||9 March 2011|
|Western Way||102||40||10 July 2014|
|Wilton Terrace||39||20||13 September 2009|
|Wolfe Tone Street||77||29||3 June 2014|
|York Street (East)||52||32||27 November 2013|
|York Street (West)||51||40||27 November 2013|
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