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Overview
Locale Dublin, Ireland
Transit type Bicycle sharing system
Number of stations 102[1]
Daily ridership 42,000 annual subscribers[2]
Website dublinbikes.ie
Operation
Began operation 2009
Operator(s) JCDecaux

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[3] unisex bicycles with 40 stations.[4] 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.[5] Dublin was the 17th city to implement such a scheme,[4][6] and it is considered one of the most successful bike sharing schemes in the world.[7]

History

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A dublinbikes station

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.[3] Critics argued that the deal was an expensive one when compared to Copenhagen where companies pay to have their logos attached to the bicycle.[8] 450 bicycle stands were installed in groups of ten and twenty in forty locations around Dublin from June 2009.[3] The scheme was opposed by An Taisce who said it was "misuse of legislation by a local authority to facilitate a private development".[9]

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.[4]

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.[10]

Progress

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.[4] 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.[11] More than 25,000 people had applied to take part in the scheme by March 2010.[12] 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.[6]

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).[13]

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).[14] On 14 August 2010, it was announced that the scheme had reached its one millionth trip.[15] By May 2011, two million journeys had been made and the scheme had expanded to 550 bicycles and 44 stations.[16] In 2013 it was announced that a major expansion of the scheme would add a further 950 bikes and another 58 hire points.[5]

Subscribers
Date Long term Total journeys (cumulative)
18 April 2010[17] 21,134 556,497
May 2011[18] 33,643 2,003,105
20 April 2012[19] 3,500,000
12 January 2013[20] 4,674,277
27 November 2013[21] 36,636 6,037,199
13 September 2014[22] 46,695 7,951,866

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.[23] Users also authorise Dublin Bikes to charge €150 from their credit card if the bike is not returned.[4] 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
Rate Free €0.50 €1.50 €3.50 €6.50

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.[13]

dublinbikes only accepts Chip and PIN (or other compatible EMV cards), and will not accept magnetic stripe cards such as those used in the United States.

Service

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.

Future

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.[24]

In July 2012 it was announced that the first part of the scheme would begin before the end of the year.[25]

Stations

When launched in 2009 there was a total of 40 bike stations and 450 bikes.[26] There was a small expansion completed in 2011, adding 4 new stations and an extra 100 bikes.[27] In April 2013 expansion plans were announced to expand the network to 102 stations and increasing the number of bikes from 550 to 1500.[28]

Name Station # Spaces Opened Location
Barrow Street 70 40 22 April 2014[29] -6.23622 name=

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Benson Street 90 40 21 February 2014 -6.23347 name=

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Blackhall Place 88 30 8 May 2014 -6.28165 name=

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Blessington Street 2 20 13 September 2009 -6.26818 name=

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Bolton Street 3 20 13 September 2009 -6.26983 name=

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Brookfield Road 84 30 26 May 2014 -6.30018 name=

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Cathal Brugha Street 24 20 13 September 2009 -6.26056 name=

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Charlemont Street 5 40 13 September 2009 -6.25996 name=

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Chatham Street 1 29 13 September 2009 -6.26233 name=

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Christchurch Place 6 20 13 September 2009 -6.27003 name=

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City Quay 99 30 27 March 2014 -6.24616 name=

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Clonmel Street 54 33 27 November 2013 -6.26239 name=

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Collins Barracks Museum 87 38 5 August 2014 -6.28522 name=

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Convention Centre 65 40 28 November 2013 -6.23864 name=

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Custom House 23 30 13 September 2009 -6.25400 name=

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Custom House Quay 8 30 13 September 2009 -6.24791 name=

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Dame Court Under construction
Dame Street 10 16 13 September 2009 -6.26652 name=

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Denmark Street Great 59 20 3 March 2014 -6.26113 name=

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Deverell Place 45 30 27 November 2013 -6.25523 name=

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Earlsfort Terrace 11 30 13 September 2009 -6.25837 name=

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Eccles Street 12 20 13 September 2009 -6.26932 name=

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Eccles Street East 79 27 8 May 2014 -6.26560 name=

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Emmet Road Under construction
Exchequer Street 9 24 13 September 2009 -6.26356 name=

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Excise Walk 48 40 27 November 2013 -6.24801 name=

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Fenian Street 63 35 27 November 2013 -6.24660 name=

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Fitzwilliam Square East 89 40 15 April 2014 -6.25092 name=

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Fitzwilliam Square West 13 30 13 September 2009 -6.25270 name=

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Francis Street 73 30 22 April 2014[29] -6.27523 name=

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Frederick Street South Under Construction
Fownes Street Upper 14 30 13 September 2009 -6.26359 name=

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Georges Dock Under construction
Georges Quay 16 20 13 September 2009 -6.25232 name=

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Golden Lane 17 20 13 September 2009 -6.26752 name=

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Grand Canal Dock 69 40 21 February 2014 -6.23842 name=

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Grantham Street 18 30 13 September 2009 -6.26547 name=

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Grattan Street 57 23 27 November 2013 -6.24369 name=

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Greek Street 4 20 13 September 2009 -6.27303 name=

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Guild Street 49 40 11 August 2014 -6.24091 name=

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Hanover Quay 68 40 21 February 2014 -6.23708 name=

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Harcourt Terrace 41 20 6 January 2011[30] -6.25783 name=

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Hardwicke Place 61 25 15 April 2014 -6.26315 name=

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Hardwicke Street 15 16 13 September 2009 -6.26432 name=

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Hatch Street 55 36 29 August 2014 -6.26076 name=

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Herbert Place 19 30 13 September 2009 -6.24514 name=

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Herbert Street 47 40 3 November 2014 -6.24553 name=

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Heuston Bridge (North) 92 40 5 August 2014 -6.29241 name=

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Heuston Bridge (South) 100 25 5 August 2014 -6.29203 name=

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Heuston Station (Car Park) 94 40 5 August 2014 -6.29779 name=

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Heuston Station (Central) 93 40 5 August 2014 -6.29688 name=

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High Street 7 29 13 September 2009 -6.27462 name=

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James Street 75 40 25 August 2014 -6.28738 name=

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James Street East 20 30 13 September 2009 -6.24800 name=

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Jervis Street 40 21 13 September 2009 -6.26649 name=

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John Street West 72 31 8 May 2014 -6.27716 name=

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Kevin Street 71 40 5 August 2014 -6.26774 name=

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Kilmainham Gaol 97 40 29 August 2014 -6.31001 name=

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Kilmainham Lane Under construction
King Street North 101 30 3 June 2014 -6.27347 name=

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Leinster Street South 21 30 13 September 2009 -6.25435 name=

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Lime Street 62 40 30 January 2014 -6.24363 name=

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Market Street South 76 38 10 July 2014 -6.28767 name=

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Mater Hospital 78 40 23 July 2014 -6.26482 name=

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Merrion Square East 25 30 13 September 2009 -6.24696 name=

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Merrion Square West 26 20 13 September 2009 -6.25169 name=

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Molesworth Street 27 20 13 September 2009 -6.25753 name=

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Mount Brown 82 22 26 May 2014 -6.29718 name=

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Mountjoy Square West 28 30 13 September 2009 -6.25859 name=

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Mount Street Lower 56 40 27 November 2013 -6.24160 name=

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New Central Bank 66 40 17 January 2014 -6.23419 name=

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Newman House 53 40 7 April 2014 -6.26007 name=

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North Circular Road 60 30 26 March 2014 -6.26049 name=

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Oliver Bond Street 74 30 8 May 2014 -6.28051 name=

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Ormond Quay Upper 29 29 13 September 2009 -6.26827 name=

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Parkgate Street 86 38 5 August 2014 -6.29188 name=

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Parnell Square North 30 20 13 September 2009 -6.26533 name=

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Parnell Street 31 20 13 September 2009 -6.26554 name=

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Pearse Street 32 30 13 September 2009 -6.25063 name=

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Princes Street / O'Connell Street 33 23 13 September 2009 -6.26049 name=

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Portobello Harbour 34 30 13 September 2009 -6.26510 name=

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Portobello Road 43 30 9 March 2011[31] -6.26817 name=

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Royal Hospital 95 40 29 August 2014 -6.29706 name=

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Sandwith Street 64 40 24 January 2014 -6.24753 name=

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Sir Patricks Dun's 58 40 7 April 2014 -6.24077 name=

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Smithfield 35 30 13 September 2009 -6.27822 name=

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Smithfield North 42 30 6 January 2011[30] -6.27780 name=

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South Dock Road 91 30 22 April 2014 -6.23128 name=

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St. James's Hospital (Central) 81 40 26 May 2014 -6.29562 name=

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St. James's Hospital (Luas) 80 40 10 July 2014 -6.29293 name=

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Strand Street Great 46 35 27 November 2013 -6.26384 name=

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St. Stephen's Green East 36 40 13 September 2009 -6.25611 name=

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St. Stephen's Green South 37 30 13 September 2009 -6.26169 name=

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Talbot Street 38 40 13 September 2009 -6.25266 name=

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The Point 67 40 17 January 2014 -6.23076 name=

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Townsend Street 22 20 13 September 2009 -6.25455 name=

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Upper Sherrard Street 44 30 9 March 2011[31] -6.26049 name=

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Western Way 102 40 10 July 2014 -6.26940 name=

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Wilton Terrace 39 20 13 September 2009 -6.25271 name=

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Wolfe Tone Street 77 29 3 June 2014 -6.26741 name=

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York Street (East) 52 32 27 November 2013 -6.26206 name=

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York Street (West) 51 40 27 November 2013 -6.26477 name=

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See also

References

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  2. ^ http://www.dublinbikes.ie/Magazine/Reports/Coca-Cola-Zero-dublinbikes-the-stats!
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