On Your Bike: Ireland’s Cycling Cities
A revolutionary initiative that has seen the capital’s streetscape transformed by pedal power since its 2009 introduction, the Coca-Cola Zero Bike Share scheme roll-out to Cork, Galway and Limerick cities in the last few years has seen it steadily become one of Europe’s most successful urban bike schemes.
With all four of these cities boasting the optimum size for relatively short spins by bike, it’s little wonder that commuter cycling has seen a surge - the Dublin scheme alone has recorded a hefty 4.5 million journeys in 2016 alone. Over 40% of people working in Dublin City Centre travel less than 5km to their workplace, so the public’s uptake of two-wheeled traffic has notched current subscriber numbers to more than 68,000. The capital’s city-wide network boasts 101 bike stations and 15,000 bikes, and saw its busiest day just last year on September 16th, when an incredible 18,041 people hopped in the saddle.
Cork City’s cyclists have their pick of 330 bikes across 31 stations dotted between Kent Station and University College Cork, allowing locals and tourists alike to navigate the city’s cultural corners, historic hot-spots, shopping districts, green spaces and more. Huge demand during the scheme’s introduction saw 290,000 trips recorded in the second city’s first year of bike sharing.
More compact than Dublin and Cork, Galway City boasts an extensive bike path network that allows visitors and commuters to pedal their way around, with 16 stations and 195 bikes to take a spin on. From the Spanish Arch to Salthill Promenade, the buzz of Shop Street to any number of gourmet destinations, the City of Tribes is ideal for a cycling exploration or just the daily commute.
One of Ireland’s three Smarter Travel Demonstration areas and Ireland’s first National City of Culture (2014), Limerick City, its residents and visitors all benefit from the 23 strategically placed stations and 215 bikes. Whether you’re on your way to work at the National Technology Park or looking to roam the greenery of Arthur’s Quay Park, the city’s bike share scheme makes that journey that bit easier and environmentally-friendly too.
Whether the motivation is fitness, reducing pollution, experiencing the urban landscape from a new perspective or just shortening the commute, there’s never been a better time to get ‘on yer bike’.