Bleeperbike and Urbo Granted Licences to Operate Stationless Bike Hire Scheme in Dublin City

On Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, Dublin City Council launches the first regulated Stationless Bike Hire Scheme in Dublin city.  Two operators, Urbo and Bleeperbike will be granted licences to operate the low cost bike hire scheme which will complement the existing Just Eat dublinbikes scheme. The City Council is delighted to facilitate the orderly roll out of this scheme which will see 200 bikes on the streets immediately with a gradual increase in the number of bikes over the coming months.
The Stationless Bike Hire Scheme will expand bike hire services to outer suburban areas and it allows greater flexibility for users as bikes do not have to be returned to a docking station, but simply locked to an official Sheffield stand.
The City Council has increased cycling parking facilities throughout the city with over 1,300 extra cycle parking spaces installed over the past few months. The installation programme is continuing and will provide extra cycle parking for own-bike users and bike hire users alike.
Users can sign up to either operator with full interoperability between the two schemes. Bikes are sourced via an App which unlocks the bike. Once locked to a Sheffield stand at destination the hire period ceases. The Council is working in partnership with both operators to ensure that the scheme will be a success and not encounter the problems experienced in other cities with unregulated schemes.
Dick Brady, Assistant Chief Executive, Environment and Transportation Department said “Dublin City Council is delighted to facilitate the roll out of stationless bike hire in the city. We look forward to working actively with the chosen operators Urbo and Bleeperbike to ensure the success of stationless bike hire in Dublin.  Facilitating modal shift to more sustainable transport options is a vital element in the Council’s traffic management and climate change strategies. The provision of low cost bike share is a valuable additional support these strategies.”
Councillor Ciaran Cuffe, Chair of the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee said:
"This is a good day for Dublin. Stationless bike schemes have a clear role to play in tackling congestion in Dublin. Similar schemes have succeeded in major cities all around the world, and we're delighted to have them here. The lesson from abroad is that properly regulated bike schemes can make a positive contribution to sustainable transport and mobility.  I am pleased that we have awarded licences to Urbo and Bleeperbike and I wish both companies success over the months ahead."

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Notes to the Editor:

Dublin City Council introduced Bye-Laws under Section 199 of the Local Government Act 2001, to manage and control the operation of Stationless Bicycle Hire Operations in the city. These Bye Laws came into effect 1st December 2017.
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BleeperBike was founded by Hugh Cooney, a former corporate finance & accounting executive with PWC and KPMG. Hugh had worked for Treasury Holdings in China from 2005-2010, but it was while holidaying in China in 2016 that he noticed the incredible growth in Stationless Bike Schemes and realised the potential for the Irish market.
Urbo is an Irish smart-bike share provider, focused on Dockless bike sharing to fulfil the needs of peoples’ short distance travel. With our experience and know-how, we support cities in planning and implementing bike sharing systems into their community. Our vision is to enable city populations to enjoy the freedom of everyday cycling, reducing congestion in our cities and continually innovating to improve the quality of city life. Our first scheme launched in London in 2017. We have signed agreements in place with four other London councils. Signatures in place with numerous UK & Irish councils for Summer 2018 launches