First new dublinbikes stations open in capital Today

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Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn officially opened the first of the capital’s new dublinbikes stations at 10.45am today, Thursday 28th November. He was joined for the launch at North Wall Quay station near the Convention Centre, Dublin 1 by City Manager Owen Keegan and JCDecaux Ireland Managing Director Joanne Grant. JCDecaux operates dublinbikes on Dublin City Council’s behalf.

“Today Dublin City Council and JCDecaux are announcing the opening of the excellent new dublinbikes station with 40 bike stands at North Wall Quay in the Docklands. We are also opening a new station today at Deverell Place, off Gardiner Street, and an extension to the popular Talbot Street station. These are the first of 58 new dublinbikes stations which will open between now and July 2014”, said Lord Mayor Quinn who also announced that an extra 50 dublinbikes would be available from today and that an additional eight stations will be open by mid December.

This first batch of new stations will be located at:

  • Clonmel Street                                                                
  • York Street West                                                             
  • York Street East
  • Great Strand Street
  • North Wall Quay at Excise Walk
  • Fenian Street
  • Grattan Street
  • Mount Street Lower

Joanne Grant Managing Director of JCDecaux Ireland said “we are delighted to commence the expansion of the dublinbikes network which will integrate the scheme even further into the fabric of Dublin city. We would like to thank our subscribers for their support of dublinbikes and the people of Dublin for recognising the positive impact that dublinbikes has had on city life here in the capital. We intend to build on this and to continue to deliver a world class bike scheme to the city of Dublin.”

Today’s opening was the first part of a €35m expansion which will see the existing dublinbikes network increase to 102 stations and 1,500 bikes by July 2014.

The Deverell Place Station has 30 stands and an extra 20 stands have been added to Talbot Street, bringing its capacity to 40. Larger stations are a feature of the expansion and will improve capacity considerably during morning, lunch and evening periods of peak demand. Extra bikes will be introduced in batches as new stations open.

Members have taken over six million dublinbikes journeys since the scheme transformed public transport in the capital in September 2009.

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For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170
https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil www.facebook.com/DublinCityCouncil
www.dublinbikes.ie

Notes to the Editor

dublinbikes expansion

The expansion will see 58 new stations and 950 new bikes added to the current 550 bikes and 44 stations. The expansion will see the scheme expand west from the city centre towards Hueston Station and east further into the Dublin Docklands.

Expansion Budget

The original dublinbikes scheme, consisting of 40 stations and 450 bikes, is provided by JCDecaux. This followed a public tender which saw JCDecaux provide dublinbikes (€26m), civic advertising (€23.5m) and a way finding system (€4.1m) in exchange for advertising concessions. A further 4 stations and 100 bikes were subsequently added in 2010.
JCDecaux will manage the expanded scheme and funding will come from a combination of NTA grants, Dublin City Council funds, membership fees and sponsorship. The overall capital and operational cost of the expansion is estimated at €35m over 15 years.

Annual operational costs: €1.9m

The annual operational costs of the expanded portion of dublinbikes will be met by subscription fees and a contribution from Dublin City Council’s annual budget. Dublin City Council and JCDecaux will seek to double Long Term Membership from its current 36,000.
The following new charges will apply to subscription renewals and new membership from 6th December:
Long Term membership (one year) €20
Short Term membership (three day) €5

Capital Budget €6.1m

The National Transport Authority has provided a capital grant of €5.2m and Dublin City Council will provide €900,000.

Sponsorship

JCDecaux are currently in discussions with a number of high profile brands with a view to finding a suitable commercial partner for dublinbikes.   There is a sponsorship package which includes;

  • Joint naming rights
  • Branding on bikes and associated infrastructure
  • Innovative partnership opportunities
  • PR and Communications in association with dublinbikes
  • Advertising support
  • Dublin City Council major event

Latest dublinbikes statistics as at 25th November 2013

Long Term Subscribers                                  36,636
Short Term Subscribers                                 10,266
Journeys YTD                                               1,519,671
Total journeys                                                6,037,199
Average duration of journey                             20 minutes
Percentage of free journeys                            95.2%
Busiest day in 2013                                       Tuesday 8th October
Journeys taken that day                                 6,973

Map of existing and new stations at http://www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/content//Press/Documents/dbs_extension_map.pdf

Please check www.dublinbikes.ie  for updates and new station information over the coming weeks and months.

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