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Expansion of DublinBikes Scheme Has Been Far Too Slow

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By Chamber Press Office, 13 September 2019

Dublin Chamber has expressed frustration at the slow rollout of the hugely successful DublinBikes scheme.
On the occasion (today) of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the DublinBikes scheme, the Chamber has called on Dublin City’s councillors to take action, by ring-fencing a portion of the Local Property Tax (LPT) to pay for the delivery of new stations and bikes across the city.

Dublin Chamber has urged councillors to consider re-thinking the current -15% reduction that has applied in Dublin City for the past five years.

Dublin Chamber said that limiting the LPT reduction to 10% would generate an additional €4m in revenue per annum – which would be enough to finance the development of 43 new stations across the city and the provision of an additional 290 bikes.

According to Dublin Chamber’s Head of Communications Graeme McQueen: "DublinBikes is one of the most successful bike sharing schemes in the world. Over the past 10 years almost 28 million trips have been taken on DublinBikes, with 67,000 people now subscribing to the scheme. Given the scheme’s huge success, it is disappointing that its continued expansion has been so slow. Plans have been there for years to expand the scheme into the suburbs. But, despite the huge popularity of the scheme, there are still far too many areas within an easily cyclable distance of the city centre where there is no access to DublinBikes.”

Dublin Chamber said the lack of availability of DublinBikes in the suburbs was acting as a deterrent to getting more people cycling in Dublin.

Dublin Chamber analysis has identified that if the LPT was reduced by just 10%, this would result in only a slight increase in bills. If a property was valued between €250k and €300k the bill would increase by €24.50 per year, which is virtually the same price as a DublinBikes subscription. Dublin Chamber has identified that an additional €20m in revenue would be generated over the 5-year period of the new Council.

Using the cost of the most recent DublinBikes development in Grangegorman as a guide, the Chamber has calculated that this would be enough to provide 214 new stations and an additional 1,430 bikes throughout Dublin over the next five years - effectively tripling the number of stations around the city from 116 currently to 330.

Mr McQueen said: “A complaint we hear regularly from businesses and residents in Dublin is that they do not know where their property taxes and commercial rates are spent. Ring-fencing LPT money for DublinBikes would provide the people of Dublin with a tangible way of seeing where their money is being spent - and in a way that will greatly benefit their lives.

“It makes sense that the future expansion of DublinBikes should be concentrated in high density residential areas. This could include areas on the southside such as the Coombe, Dolphin’s Barn, South Circular Road, Harold’s Cross, Rathmines, and Drimnagh. On the northside, Cabra, Stoneybatter, Navan Road, Fairview, Phibsborough and Drumcondra would benefit hugely from having DublinBikes stations. DublinBikes offers a world class and low cost means of sustainable public transport in a city that is struggling significantly with congestion," said Mr McQueen.

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