MORE THAN 2.5 million trips have been taken on Dublin Bikes since the bike rental scheme was launched two years ago this week – and the latest figures show just more than 93 per cent of these journeys were free. Read more
A NEW study of 2,000 commuters, commissioned by Dublin City Council, shows that more and better cycle lanes – not shared with buses – will be needed to get people back on their bikes. Read more – Irish Times – FRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor
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LEVELS OF motor traffic in Dublin city have declined in the last decade, with 5,000 fewer cars entering the city during the daily morning rush last year than in 2000, according to new figures from Dublin City Council.
While commuting by car has decreased in the last 10 years, the numbers choosing to cycle into the city have risen by one-third over the same period
A TENFOLD expansion of the Dublin bike scheme from 500 to 5,000 bikes, which will be available to use from UCD to DCU, is planned by Dublin City Council.
The five-year expansion plan will see the number of bike stations across the city increased from just over 40 to about 300, bringing the service into the suburbs.
The expansion will take place in 14 phases radiating out from the current 41 locations. The area east of the current stations to the Docklands and west to Heuston Station will be the first areas of expansion, followed by the inner suburbs of Dolphin’s Barn, East Wall, Phibsboro, Cabra and Ranelagh. Full article – Irish Times
A CONTROVERSIAL speed limit in the capital is to be lifted from parts of the city.
Councillors last night voted to remove parts of the quays from a 30kmh traffic-calming scheme in Dublin city centre. The speed limits have been the subject of complaints from drivers since their introduction at the end of January. Continue reading Controversial speed limit in the capital to be lifted