LABOUR councillor Joe Leddin is calling on members of the local business community to support plans to roll out public bike scheme in Limerick.
A symposium, chaired by the Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly last week, heard that any such scheme would cost in the region of €6m over fifteen years and that private investment will be needed.
Over 2.5 million journeys have been made in Dublin since the dublinbikes scheme was introduced in the capital two years ago.
“The City Council cannot deliver this scheme without the support of other vested interests and while the turnout of business owners at the symposium was disappointing the support and engagement of the business community is essential for the scheme to be launched,” said Cllr Leddin.
Funding models examined by the National Transport Authority include selling the naming rights, advertising, sponsorship and requesting donations from local businesses which will be located near docking stations.
Philanthropic donations are another possibility.
Cllr Leddin says it is important that progress is made quickly in Limerick is competing with city’s such as Cork, Galway and Waterford for Government funding.
“It is imperative that we act quickly and efficiently so as to secure Government support towards the introduction of a bike scheme in Limerick,” he said.
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