How Bikes Took Over Dublin
Dublin Bikes was a great initiative that has greatly increased the use of cycling in Dublin. The campaign launched back on September 13, 2009, with over 101 stations all over Dublin.
With the price of Dublin bikes only costing €20 per year, bikes have really taken over Dublin transport and changed the way people commute to work.
Not is cycling to work helping people reduce the number of greenhouse gasses being pumped out into the atmosphere, bike sharing makes much more sense than having to wait in traffic or pay to park your car, or even worrying about your bike getting stolen.
Dublin Bikes Initiative
Today the Dublin Bikes scheme is hailed as one of the most successful bike share schemes in the world. The following infographic shows that there is a total of 1500 bikes available from over 100 stations all over Dublin, with the minimum age being 14 years old to be able to use one.
Dublin Bikes Safety Tips
Cyclists are in the vulnerable road user category, so it is important for cyclists to follow these tips to keep themselves safe on the roads.
- Wear Hi Vis clothing making you visible to other road users
- Wear lighting in the dark – white for front and red for rear
- Always wear a helmet, even if you’re travelling only a short distance
- Do not speed; it’s harder to stop and avoid surprises!
- Ensure you check that your brakes are working and tyres are inflated to the right pressure, this ensures you have a better grip on the road
- Use correct hand signals for changing lanes, allow other road users to know what you intend to do
- Never cycle on the footpath – uses the road or designated cycle lanes, remember the footpath is for pedestrians and cycling on footpaths can surprise pedestrians and cause accidents
- Ensure the bike is the right size for you – when sitting on the saddle both feet should touch the ground, arms should be able to reach the handlebars to allow you to brake safely
- Never weave in and out of traffic
- Never use a mobile phone while cycling, this can constitute careless or even dangerous driving and land you in court!
- Never wear earphones while cycling
Staying safe when cycling in Dublin is very important to help reduce the number of road traffic accidents in Ireland. However, If you were involved in a bike accident *, our team of personal injury solicitors * in Dublin are available to answer any queries you may have.