A culture of ‘everyday cycling’ is being embedded across the island of Ireland.
A culture of ‘everyday cycling’ is taking root in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, according to statistics released for the first six months of the year. A total of 2,344,193 journeys were taken across the five public bikes schemes in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick, supported by Coca‑Cola Zero.
Now one of the most successful bike schemes in the world, the Coca‑Cola Zero dublinbikes scheme saw 2,083,821 journeys taken between January and June, and 15,495,774 journeys in total since the scheme launched in 2009. It currently has almost 62,000 subscribers, with 3,667 new registrations in the first half of the year.
Growing demand and public interest in the service led to a significant expansion in 2014, made possible through capital funding from the National Transport Authority and investment from Coca‑Cola. The scheme now has 1,500 bikes and 100 docking stations across the city of Dublin.
Coca‑Cola’s support also enabled three regional city bike schemes to be established in early 2015. These have also been embraced by communities in Cork, Galway and Limerick with 164,014 journeys taken across the three cities during H1.
Belfast City Council’s Coca‑Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme is also going from strength to strength, with nearly 97,000 journeys travelled this year. The Belfast scheme is live since April 2015.
A total of 16 million journeys have been taken across the five schemes since they were launched. The figures, which reflect an average of nearly 13,000 journeys a day across the schemes, show that people are incorporating cycling into their daily routines.
*Figures correct for January - June 2016
“Coca‑Cola is proud to support these five public bikes schemes that have opened up cycling to so many more people. With users able to easily navigate their cities, picking up a bike in one location and dropping it off in another, the convenience of the schemes plays a major factor in the ongoing success. In partnership with the National Transport Authority, city councils and scheme operators, we are committed to furthering this culture of everyday cycling in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.” Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland