Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD has called for the Dublin Bikes rental scheme to be extended to all ‘within-reach’ suburbs – providing connectivity for commuters and enabling a tourism spread in the capital.

Deputy Lahart commented, “The Dublin Bikes scheme which has been operating since 2009 has proved to be essential element of public transport in the Capital. Considering the steady rise in the popularity of cycling as a means of commuting, demand for public rental bikes has never been greater.

“Regrettably any proposed extension to the Dublin Bikes scheme to date only extends to suburbs within the Dublin City Council area. Therefore, South Dublin villages such as Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Firhouse, Milltown, Dartry, Dundrum and Walkinstown remain excluded from the public Dublin Bikes scheme.

“The four local authorities in Dublin should be working collaboratively to supply public bikes as part of one scheme. Instead there is one public Dublin Bikes scheme serving the city while rental bikes are available in the three other local authorities as part of three separate private schemes.

“As a result of the lack of cohesion and co-ordination, Dublin Bikes users cannot dock their bike at a location outside of the area serviced by one of the other 3 private companies. There must be a universal payment process to allow Dublin citizens avail of all four bike rental schemes rather than the current system of needing four different registered accounts.

“Any Dublin Bikes expansion strategy should incorporate the city’s outer suburbs to provide a public transport alternative. This is especially important where there are no local bus services between neighbouring urban villages.

He concluded, “Fianna Fáil is leading the way in cycling policy and has recently launched our transport proposals. We aim to see the successful Dublin Bikes scheme extended to all ‘within-reach’ suburbs to provide greater connectivity for commuters.”