A NEW bike-share scheme is to be rolled out in Limerick city by next summer, it has been announced.
Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly has announced details of the scheme which will see 200 bikes being made available across the city at 31 docking station.
The scheme will be rolled out by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in partnership with Coca-Cola Ireland and will be known as ‘Coke Zero Bikes’.
Similar Schemes are to to rolled out in Cork and Galway.
“This is a breakthrough day for cycling in Ireland. Cork, Galway & Limerick will be joining the likes of Paris, London, Barcelona and Dublin as the cities which have their own public-bike schemes,” said Mr Kelly.
Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority has welcomed the announcment.
“The local authorities in the cities of Cork, Galway and Limerick are actively pursuing cycling and public transport improvements. We are delighted that, with the assistance of Coca-Cola Ireland’s partnership, the public bike schemes will soon be available in these cities and we believe these schemes will be as successful as the bike scheme in Dublin”.
The capital cost of rolling out the three schemes will be around €4m while the annual operating costs will be around €900,000.
The NTA are currently in the process of competitive tendering for companies to supply, install and maintain the bikes as part of the scheme.
The tender process is expected to be completed by December 2013 with the bike schemes are set to become operational in summer of next year.