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Old August 13th, 2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Dublinbikes

Came across this site today:

http://www.dublinbikes.ie/

I had a good look around, seems like an excellent idea (though remember the controversial JC Decaux advertising pays for a lot of it...).

I also noticed that if you don't return a bike within 24 hours, it'll be reported stolen and you'll be debited €150 (on top of any other charges). I wonder if that'll deter thieves? Let's hope... I mean, they are pretty unique looking compared to normal bikes you'd see in the city and wouldn't be too hard to track down if someone is using a stolen one (unless it ends up in the Liffey or a canal!).

I wish the system the best of luck.

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Old August 14th, 2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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No real issue with it - except for the giant advertising signs all over the city!
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Old August 15th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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Hope it works out too.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 11:52 PM   #4
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The same scheme ran into trouble in Paris - theft and vandalism being the biggest issue. Im not sure whether they have abandoned it completely at this stage.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7881079.stm
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Old September 18th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #5
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Im not sure whether they have abandoned it completely at this stage.
They've done anything but.

Dublin being Dublin, theft and vandalism are likely to occur - but so long as the service is not allowed to fall into major disrepair, it'll be fine. We just need to make sure that JC Decaux are following up on maintenance in a timely manner.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #6
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http://dublinbikes2go.com/


Interesting site - it shows, upon picking a location, how many bikes are available and how many stands are free.
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 10:13 PM   #7
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These bikes are proving to be very popular. I couldn't get over the amount of people using them when i was in town yesterday, and there were none left at any of the 'stations' that I saw. Let's hope they weren't all robbed
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Old October 24th, 2009, 02:33 AM   #8
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City council to increase capacity of bike stations

OLIVIA KELLY

Sat, Oct 24, 2009


DUBLIN CITY Council is to increase the capacity of its Dublinbikes rental stations in the coming weeks because of the huge popularity of the scheme.

The council also has longer-term plans to introduce new station locations and increase the number of bikes available to users.

More than 16,000 people have subscribed to the scheme since it was introduced just six weeks ago, making it the most popular city bike scheme to date in Europe, according to the council.

“More than 11,500 people have registered for annual passes and around 4,000 for day or three-day tickets, so we’re absolutely chuffed with it,” council communications manager Michael Sands said.

There is also a very fast turnover of bicycles with an average usage time of 16-17 minutes. Rental is then free for half an hour and costs 50 cents for the first hour, rising to €6.50 for four hours.

However, the popularity of the bicycles and the rapid turnover has resulted in a shortage of bicycles at many stations and a shortage of free spaces to return bicycles at others.

“We’ve had six trucks going around trying to balance things out as much as possible, but what we’re going to do is expand what we have as much as possible with additions at some locations.”

Some of the most popular stations, such as Portobello, will see its bicycle spaces double; at other locations the number of additional spaces will depend on the amount of room surrounding the station. The increase in capacity may involve the removal of some on-street car parking.

The additional spaces will be paid for by JC Decaux, the out-door advertising company which won the contract to provide the bike scheme in return for advertising space in the city.

The council is also entering into talks with the company in relation to providing bicycle stations and additional bikes at new locations.

There are currently 450 bicycles available from 40 stations between the Royal and the Grand canals. However, there are locations where there would be a high demand for bicycles with no station, such as Heuston train station.

“For the scheme to work, a necklace of stations is needed and you can’t have a gap of more than 450 metres between stations. Heuston was a problem in that regard because the gap between it and the next location was too big, but we will seriously look at that now.”

The number of new stations and bicycles will be subject to negotiation with JC Decaux, Mr Sands said.

A mobile phone application which allows Dublinbikes users to see in “real time” the location of available bikes or spaces on a bike station is now available.

A similar application was launched last September, but was withdrawn after Fusio, the software firm which developed it, was threatened with legal action by JC Decaux.

The new application, which is an official JC Decaux product, is available to download for free from the Apple App Store Ireland.

© 2009 The Irish Times
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Old October 25th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #9
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Seems to be alot of enthusiasm for it but im not sure I like the idea of even more outdoor advertising.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #10
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Now, more than 26,000 subscribers and increasing. One would imagine they're probably pretty popular with tourists and non-subscribers too.

Will link it later, but news that 100 new bikes are to be purchased along with 300 new stands and 4 new stations!
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Wow.. Sounds nice.. Hope to be able to rent one, for a day, when i visit next..
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Old February 13th, 2010, 02:08 PM   #12
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They're free for the first four hours, so you may as well!
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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #13
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I cannot recommend Dublinbikes highly enough.

I use them frequently and have never had any problems. They're great.

Here's a tip though. You should figure out what stand you plan on depositing the bike at when you arrive at your destination *before* setting off on your bike. It's annoying when you arrive but can't find a stand. Sometimes I forget and have to cycle around for a while looking for one.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 02:48 AM   #14
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From today's Irish Times:

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Advert sites to fund bike scheme approved

OLIVIA KELLY

Tue, Jul 27, 2010


ADVERTISING FIRM JC Decaux is being given permission by Dublin City Council to erect five new advertising structures in the city to fund the expansion of the Dublin bikes scheme.

Councillors last night approved the construction of advertising display units, similar in size to bus shelter advertising, at Lower Mount Street and Nassau Street on the south side and North Earl Street on the north side of the city.

The have also given approval for two “metropoles” – larger panels of 7sq m on poles two metres off the ground – at Merrion Road and Lower Gardiner Street.

JC Decaux will have permission to advertise at these sites for 15 years.

In return, it will increase the number of stands where bikes can be picked up and dropped off from 795 to 1,087, increase bicycle numbers from 450 to 550, and set up four new stations at Smithfield, Eccles Street, Harcourt Terrace and Charlemont Mall.

When the scheme, which has been running since September, was originally being set up, JC Decaux had to apply to An Bord Pleanála for the advertising structures. The board rejected one-fifth of the company’s applications.

This time the council is using a provision of the planning acts known as “Part 8” which allows councillors to directly approve certain local authority works, bypassing the normal planning process.

The schemes were opposed by An Taisce who said they were “misuse of a Part 8 by a local authority to facilitate a private development”.

An Taisce said it was completely in favour of the bicycles but the use of Part 8 was depriving any third parties the right of appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

The huge popularity of the scheme, which already has more than 30,000 subscribers, had resulted in an urgent need for its expansion, the council said.

However the extra bikes and stations would cost an estimated €6.6 million, which it could not fund from its own resources.

© 2010 The Irish Times
The scheme seems to be going from strength to strength.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 01:41 AM   #15
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Another story, from today's Irish Times:

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More than 37,000 use bike scheme

STEPHEN MANGAN

Mon, Aug 09, 2010


DUBLIN CITY Council has received no reports of any serious incidents involving people using Dublin bikes during the first 10 months of the scheme.

Garda stations around the city centre confirmed that there have been no serious incidents involving people using the bikes scheme.

The finding was described by gardaí at the city’s Pearse Street and Store Street stations as surprising, considering the volume of people that are now using the service on a regular basis.

About 37,347 people have signed up to the scheme, which will celebrate its first year in operation next month, and only one of the 450 bikes made available to commuters has gone missing since last September.

The bikes are serviced on a daily basis and have suffered limited damage, apart from “general wear and tear caused by usage”, while none has been defaced or vandalised, according to a statement from the council.

It is not essential that those hiring bikes in the capital wear safety helmets and the council does not provide the option to rent helmets at any of the 40 stations spread around the city.

Executive planner with the council Jason Frehill said the option of providing helmets to cyclists was explored but it was decided that they would not rent helmets because of hygiene concerns.

There is no issue of insurance claims arising from any potential accidents because people must agree to a number of conditions when signing up to become a subscriber to the scheme.

So far this year, there has been more than 828,688 journeys made through the scheme; 95 per cent of people are using the bikes for less than 30 minutes, which is the permitted amount of free minutes on each trip.

© 2010 The Irish Times
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More good news:

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One millionth trip on Dublin Bike Scheme
Saturday, 14 August 2010 11:26

The Dublin Bike Scheme is being lauded as a 'huge success' just 11 months after it began and as the one millionth trip is about to be taken.

Labour Councillor Andrew Montague, who first proposed the scheme, said: 'Our target was to sign up 2,000 members in the first year but in less than a year we've signed up 37,000 members'.

The Dublin City Council member said the scheme will get even better with the introduction of more bikes and more stations.
Mr Montague said there are hopes to extend the scheme across the capital and even into the suburbs.

While acknowledging that this may take several years to achieve, the councillor said: Dublin bikes have proved themselves to be 'an essential part of public transport and it makes sense to spread the benefits right across the city'.

The initiative was launched in September last year by Dublin City Council in conjunction with a French advertising giant who funds the operation in return for advertising space.

The 450 silver unisex bicycles are available for use by the public at 40 locations from the Mater Hospital in the north of the city to Grand Canal Street in the south from 5.30am to 12.30am.

The scheme is designed to encourage cycling and to help people move around the city streets quickly.

A short journey lasting a half an hour is free but six hours costs €4.50 and its €2 for every half hour after that.

Would-be cyclists also need to leave €150 deposit using either a credit card or a bank draft, which will be used if the bike is not returned.

So far there has only been one day that saw bikes not being available for hire. In June the system experienced a technical fault with the terminals, which meant that no one was able to hire a bike for a few hours.

The scheme is similar to the one that has been operating in Paris, Copenhagen and 16 other cities.

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http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0814/transport.html
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Old August 14th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #17
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Dublin bikes is absolutely fantastic. So good I actually have an annual card.
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Old August 14th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #18
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I think it's safe to say this scheme has been a fantastic success and it shows how relatively inexpensive, niche schemes can add so much to a city.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #19
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They really have been a great success to date. It'd be great to one day see them used as a mass form of public tranport between transport nodes and people's workplaces. I know this is already the case to an extent, but the possibilties to really have the whole city connected up through the Dublin Bikes scheme the luas, dart and metro are really exciting and a cheap way to resolve many of the city's problems...
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From yesterday's Sunday Business Post:

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Dublinbikes scheme set to be extended next year
17 October 2010 By Nicola Cooke

The Dublinbikes scheme is likely to be extended to Heuston Station and the east and south Docklands next year.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) are anticipated to agree on phase two of the project by the end of this year. Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the NTA, said that Heuston and the Docklands were ‘‘high development nodes’’ which already had high capacity transport links.

‘‘Phase one of the project involved the extension of capacity at some of the bike docking stations, so phase two will involve the addition of more stations throughout the city. The scheme has been a huge success to date."

Murphy also revealed that staff at the Rail Procurement Agency (RPA) and Dublin Bus were currently testing the integrated ticketing smartcard on the Luas and Dublin Bus networks.

‘‘All going well, the system will launch in spring next year," he said.
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