Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Deirdre Heney
Dublin Bay North

11 February 2016

Heney disappointed that planned expansion of Dublin Bikes will not go ahead

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Bay North Cllr Deirdre Heney has expressed disappointment that the long planned expansion of the Dublinbikes scheme will not now go ahead due to lack of funding.

It had been intended that the scheme would eventually extend to Whitehall on the northside and to Clonskeagh on the southside and involve a total of 5,000 bikes and 300 stations by the end of last year.

The last expansion, which extended the scheme to the Docklands and to Heuston Station in 2013, increased the number of stations to 101 and trebled the number of bikes to 1,500. The scheme started with an arrangement with outdoor advertisers with 40 stations and 450 bikes in the central and southeast areas of the city centre.

“It is a shame that the expansion cannot go ahead as planned as the scheme has been a remarkable success drastically increasing the number people using bikes for personal and work use.

“Fianna Fáil prioritises sustainable transport and is the Party that has done the most to advance sustainable travel, introducing the Bike to Work Scheme which, by any measure, was also a huge success.

“We will introduce a number of initiatives to increase cycling as a regular mode of commuting to work. These initiatives include:
–          Roll-Out Secure Bike Lockers throughout the City and at all Train and Dart Stations
–          Ensure ongoing quality improvements in Bike Lanes and Cycle ways by earmarking portion of Local Government Fund to annual Resurfacing and Maintenance of Bike Lanes
–          Establish a new Cycle Way Fund for bike-ways and cycle-friendly infrastructure, Dublin Bikes extensions as well as funding for open streets (‘Cyclovia’) initiatives,” added Cllr Heney.

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