Public bike scheme wheeled out in Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Coca-Cola Zero Bikes Arrive in Limerick: Minister Jan O'Sullivan is joined by Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority, Cllr Maria Byrne, , Frank O'Donnell, General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, and David Wallace in officially launching the scheme. Picture: Press 22
LIMERICK’S public bike scheme has been rolled out by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan.

LIMERICK’S public bike scheme has been rolled out by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan.

The minister launched the Coca-Cola Zero Bikes scheme this Monday morning. When fully complete, the scheme will see 23 stations and 215 bikes available for use throughout the city area.

“I’m delighted to officially launch the Coca-Cola Zero bikes - backed by the National Transport Authority - in Limerick today and would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project,” said the minister.

“Limerick city is one of three centres in Ireland that is to become Ireland’s First Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas. Great progress has been made in this respect and the roll-out of the Coca-Cola Zero Bikes today provides another smarter travel option for the people of Limerick.

“It’s great to see the fantastic and accessible network of bike stations, covering everywhere from O’Connell Avenue to King John’s Castle.

“This spread will benefit our city’s visitors as they enjoy the sights of Ireland’s first City of Culture; commuters as they travel between meetings or to their bus stop; and leisure bike users as they enjoy a weekend cycle or a shopping trip around the city.”

Deputy Mayor Cllr Maria Byrne joined the minister in launching the scheme, which is live from midday today. She was joined by Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority and Frank O’Donnell, General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Savoy Hotel and former Munster and Ireland rugby player David Wallace.

The public-bike scheme, which is similar to the scheme already in operation in Dublin and which was recently launched in Cork and Galway, is being jointly funded by the Department of Transport and Coca-Cola Ireland.

A number of stations have already opened in the city and the public can sign up to the scheme for an annual subscription of €5. The full 23 stations are to open in the “coming weeks”, a spokesperson outlined, while there are plans to expand the scheme if it proves successful.

- For more on this story, see the Limerick Chronicle and broadsheet editons of the Limerick Leader