Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn has opened the first of the capital’s new dublinbikes stations at North Wall Quay in the Docklands near the Convention Centre. He was joined by City Manager Owen Keegan and JCDecaux Ireland’s managing director Joanne Grant. JCDecaux operates dublinbikes for Dublin City Council.
The North Wall Quay station has 40 bike stands. A new station at Deverell Place, off Gardiner St, has also opened along with an extension to the Talbot St station. These are the first of 58 new bike stations to open between now and next July. An extra 50 bikes are available and eight new stations will open before Christmas.
This other new stations are located at Clonmel Street, York Street West, York Street East, Great Strand Street, North Wall Quay at Excise Walk, Fenian Street, Grattan Street and Mount Street Lower. Joanne Grant of JCDecaux Ireland said the expansion of the dublinbikes network integrates the scheme further into the fabric of Dublin city. The company intends to continue to deliver a world class bike scheme to the city of Dublin.
The opening is part of a €35m expansion which sees the bike network increase to 102 stations and 1,500 bikes by next July. The Deverell Place Station has 30 stands and an extra 20 stands have been added to Talbot St, bringing its capacity to 40. Extra bikes will be introduced in batches as new stations open.
JCDecaux reports over six million dublinbikes’ journeys since the scheme’s launch four years ago.