Taking one of the new Bleeper-Bikes for a test-ride.

On Friday I attended the launch of Fingal County Council’s pilot Bike Sharing Scheme in Dublin 15. Bleeper Bikes has been announced as the operator for the scheme.

This is a hugely important development for cycling in Dublin 15. For the first time, Fingal will be operating a bike sharing scheme. These are dockless bikes, so there won’t be a requirement for the ‘docking station’ infrastructure that Dublin Bikes needs. Instead, the bikes will lock to existing infrastructure. Fingal will be installing new Sheffield stands in some of the proposed locations.

The initial location for the bicycles during the pilot phase will be Tyrellstown, Blanchardstown Corporate Business Park, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown Village, Coolmine and Castleknock. It is planned to roll out further locations subsequently. As Bleeper Bikes also have a tender for dockless bikes in the city centre, people will be able to cycle from Dublin 15 and leave their bikes in the city too.

The announcement is a huge boost for cycling in Dublin 15. It provides new ways for residents to travel around our area. As a member of Fingal’s Transport Policy Committee, this is an issue that we have been progressing along with the Council management and our Road Safety Officer.

I am really looking forward to using the Bleeper Bikes myself as soon as they are rolled out.