Public Bikes for Dublin

Beginning this September, residents of Dublin will have a new option for getting around town as the city's new public bicycle system debuts.

On 13th September 2009 Dublin City Council will offer residents and visitors a non-polluting, traffic jam-beating form of transport to get around Dublin.

There will be 450 sturdy unisex bikes at 40 locations between the two canals, including Mountjoy Square, Merrion Square, Portobello, and Heuston Station. The distinctive bikes, which Michael Sands, head of communications at Dublin City Council, describes as "old-fashioned looking" are French-made and the same type that Paris has been using since its scheme launched in July 2007. The Parisian bikes are resolutely grey; the Dublin bikes will be partly blue, to reflect the city's official colour, rather than the occasional colour of the sky. They are bikes designed for functional short urban journeys, rather than climbing mountain passes on the Tour de France, and presumably made to look plain to make them less attractive to thieves ...

See also www.dublinbikes.ie/magazine/news/cycle_and_the_city

Thanks to Joaquin Quinto

Full Story: Dublin's long-awaited wheel deal on track for September roll-out

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