Roll-out of Cork bike scheme delayed 6 months

Cork’s public bike scheme will not be operational until mid-December — six months later than originally planned, the National Transport Agency said yesterday.

The NTA gave updated launch dates for the roll-out of the public bike schemes in Cork, Limerick, and Galway.

An NTA spokesperson said the Galway scheme is on course for opening on the week of November 10. Limerick is due to follow by the end of the month.

However, people in Cork will have to wait a little longer to cycle the Coke Zero-branded public bikes, with the NTA conceding that the city’s scheme will not be operational until mid-December — six months after the original commencement date.

The NTA spokesperson said the delay was due to logistical issues such as selecting and electrifying the bike stations and the production of the bikes.

Plans for the bike schemes in the three cities were first announced in September 2013 by Alan Kelly, the then public transport minister, who said the schemes would be operational in July 2014.

Mr Kelly visited Cork last July to unveil the design of the bikes, and said the scheme would be up and running by the end of September.

Cork is due to have 320 bikes available from 31 bike stations; with 205 bikes at 19 bike stations in Galway; and 215 bikes for hire from 23 stations in Limerick.

The bikes — sponsored by Coca-Cola for €3m over five years — will have built-in gear-shifting technology, enabling automatic gear-changes. The schemes are expected to be priced similarly to the Dublin Bike Scheme, which charges a €10 annual registration fee.

The contract to provide the bikes was awarded to a consortium called An Rothar Nua, which is comprised of West Ireland Cycling Limited, based in Galway, the Dublin-based Mobile Research Solutions Limited and another two companies based in France and Luxembourg.


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