Concerns grow over ‘low’ usage of Limerick's bike-share scheme

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A total of 105,491 trips were made on the Coca-Cola bike scheme in Limerick over the past three years

A total of 105,491 trips were made on the Coca-Cola bike scheme in Limerick over the past three years

CONCERNS have been expressed about the long-term viability of the Coca-cola bike share scheme in Limerick, with new figures suggesting usage is declining.

While the National Transport Authority (NTA) says it is happy with the scheme, there have been calls for more to be done to promote greater usage of the scheme.

According to figures collated by Dr Brendan Halpin, a senior lecturer at the University of Limerick, the number of journeys being made in Limerick and Galway is significantly less than in Cork.

The availability of bikes is also being questioned.

On March 30, 165 of 215 bikes in Limerick were in operation compared to 135 of the 205 bikes in Galway and 243 of 320 in Cork.

On February 6, 170 bikes were operational in Limerick while three docking stations were out of order.

According to the NTA, each bike in Limerick is used just over three times week (17 in Cork, 2.2 in Galway) while registered users in Limerick make an average of ten journeys a year compared to 25 in Cork and seven in Galway.

A total of 105,491 trips were made in Limerick over the past three years.

While supportive of the bike-share scheme, Deputy Willie O’Dea said there was some concern about usage.

“It is a good scheme and it is a scheme I support as it is beneficial in lowering pollution and keeping roads free of cars,” said the Limerick city TD.

“​The low number of users is a concern. The system has been proven to work successfully elsewhere and there needs to be a review into why there is such poor uptake in Limerick,” he added.