14 September 2009

Dublin Bike Share Programme Kicks Off

Go Dublin.

The new bike share programme in Dublin kicked off yesterday on a lovely sunny day. Dublinbikes is the name.

The Irish Times reports that; "Hundreds took advantage of the good weather to try out the 450 bikes now available to rent from 40 stations between the Royal and the Grand canals.

"Cyclists can register online for annual membership using a credit card at a cost of €10 or can pay with a credit card at 14 of the stations for a three-day €2 ticket.

"Rental is then free for half an hour and costs 50 cent for the first hour, rising to €6.50 for four hours. The bikes are available from 5.30am to 12.30am."

Interestingly, the first sentence of the article reads like this:

"There is little evidence to prove the benefits of wearing a helmet while cycling, the councillor who initiated the capital’s new bike rental scheme has said.

After the launch of Dublinbikes yesterday morning, Labour councillor Andrew Montague said it was not essential that those hiring bikes in the capital wear safety helmets.

“We don’t have compulsory helmets in Dublin and I would not be overly concerned about cycling without a helmet,” he said."

Goodness me. A politician who is promoting cycling positively?! Let me buy that man a beer.

The Irish Times reports on it in this article.