Public bike scheme may be rolled out in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

PROPOSALS to roll out a public-bike scheme in Limerick could be advanced early next year if adequate funding is secured from the private sector.

PROPOSALS to roll out a public-bike scheme in Limerick could be advanced early next year if adequate funding is secured from the private sector.

The dublinbikes scheme, which was launched in 2009, has been a huge success with over 2.5 million journeys made to date.

Research commissioned by the National Transport Authority (NTA) has found it would be feasible to introduce a similar scheme in Limerick at a cost of around €5m over fifteen years.

The research suggests that up to 165 bikes should be made available initially along with around 20 docking stations at key locations in the city centre.

“I have secured capital funding to roll out the bike scheme, however we do need to see how we are going to fund it from a current point of view. For fifteen years it will take €3.8 million to run it in Limerick,” said the Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly.