One year of Dublin's Bike scheme

stripey cat

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The free bikes in Dublin have been around for a year now. As far as I can see the system has been a fantastic success.



It is based very closely on the Paris Velib scheme (even as far as having a French website to run the accounts https://abo-dublin.cyclocity.fr) and seems to have been welcomed by everyone except the most bitter petrol heads.

What are your views on the bikes, and what other ideas from abroad could we copy to improve our cities?

And, most important, what do you actually call the bikes?
 


myksav

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The free bikes in Dublin have been around for a year now. As far as I can see the system has been a fantastic success.



It is based very closely on the Paris Velib scheme (even as far as having a French website to run the accounts https://abo-dublin.cyclocity.fr) and seems to have been welcomed by everyone except the most bitter petrol heads.

What are your views on the bikes, and what other ideas from abroad could we copy to improve our cities?

And, most important, what do you actually call the bikes?
Well, I haven't used any of those bikes, I don't live in Dublin and I own one anyway but I'd call those things bikes. :)

I'd like to know where they got the rear mudguards, though, I like the design.
 
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Hell of a picture that. A cyclist stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the road. I'm reminded of the camera crew for one of Attenborough's documentaries who spent 3 weeks in a hide to capture the first film of bower birds mating.
Or probably just a random chance in the case of that photo lol.

Yeah by all accounts it has been successful. When they first did it in Paris though a lot of bikes got damaged or stolen.
 

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I haven't used the service myself as I have a bike bit I have been amazed at its success. The obvious next step apart from moving it out of the limited area of the city centre is to apply the model to other methods of transport such as cars.
 

stripey cat

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Some people call them "blue bikes" or "city bikes", others call them "DeeBee's".

I've even heard one or two people say "Velib" which is what they are called in Paris.

Is there a slang name for them- like "The Daniel Day" for the LUAS you hear sometimes? If there is I haven't heard it.
 

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women who have used them on the cobbel stoned streets of Templebar call them: "fanny busters" and men who do the same call them "prostate proders".
 

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Ended up standing beside the rank on Nassau Street for about 10 minutes waiting for someone. Couldn't believe how busy it was. Time to extend it I'd say. Kudos to whoever brought it in.
 

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Hell of a picture that. A cyclist stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the road. I'm reminded of the camera crew for one of Attenborough's documentaries who spent 3 weeks in a hide to capture the first film of bower birds mating.
Nah, it's just one of those extremely-short-exposure lenses. She is about to plough into someone left of view.
 
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I use them. I think they're great. It does annoy me though when I'm stopped at lights and a fellow cyclist (usually not on a Dublin Bike, which is what I call them) blithely sails through. My impression is that many cyclists have no respect for the rules of the road because other road users have no respect for them. I offer this as explanation, not as excuse (there isn't any).

I'm very much in favour of more people using bikes in the city, but everyone should chill out on the roads.
 

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I have been cycling in Dublin for many years and use these bikes in and around the city centre. They are fantastic and unless I'm very mistaken they have not been subjected to damage or theft as had been predicted.

I'm delighted to see that a new location is in the process of being constructed on Harcourt Terrace to help relieve the constant pressure on the location at the Luas stop at Charlemont St bridge where there are rarely any bikes to be got during the day. Presumably other locations are also being readied at present to meet the huge demand. Hopefully, as one poster has already said, they will extend the reach of the scheme further out into the suburbs.

Well done to everybody associated with this excellent scheme.
 

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Agree that it's been a great success. Occasional user myself.
Not sure how much it cost (or who got the money...).
Would be good if it was expanded into the suburbs as well.
 

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I was one of those who thought it would be a disaster and that most of them would end up in the Liffey. I couldn't have been more wrong. Fair play to those running it - a job well done so far. Keep it up.
 

stripey cat

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Well done to everybody associated with this excellent scheme.
Oddly, the Labour Councillor who pushed for the scheme does not seem to have gained much from its success. I know he wanted to be the candidate for elected Mayor but Labour don't seem to be backing him.

A fierce opponent of the scheme, Cllr Mannix Flynn, doesn't appear to have damaged his reputation by railing against it.
 

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This must be the most popular thing the politicians have done in Dublin in years. I expected the usual petrol heads on here telling us that the bike scheme was the worst thing ever and cyclists caused all the road accidents etc etc ad nauseum, but it looks like everyone is in favour.

Councillors in the other Dublin authority areas should start looking into a similar scheme, as should those in Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Galway.
 

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an amazing scheme. Great to see something working so well, being so well received and the bikes being treated with such respect. The model used is very interesting, they are subsidised by JC Deceaux who get free space for their billboard ads in return. It is my understanding that one of the factors in the scheme not being expanded is trying to find suitable additional advertising spots for the ads. Lets hope they find them soon, as the scheme could definitely benefit from being expanded.
 

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Ive been astonished to see them as far out from the city centre as beyond St Annes - not a bad distance for the casual cyclists on whats a fairly heavy bike (although the excellent cycle path along the North coast helps)

Very well timed scheme as the growth in cycling lately is pretty phenomenal anyway ....

Be good if any profits (if there are any) could be put back into cycling infrastructure
 


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