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By Chamber Press Office, 24 January 2018
Business group Dublin Chamber has welcomed the news that the Dublin Bikes scheme is to be expanded.
The Chamber said the decision to install 15 new stations will help continue the good progress being made in getting more people to cycle in Dublin.
Dublin Chamber has expressed an ambition to expand the scheme out beyond the city's canals.
According to Dublin Chamber's Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen: "The Dublin Bikes scheme has proven phenomenally successful since it was launched in 2009. Progress on expanding Dublin Bikes has been far too slow over the past 9 years, but it is encouraging to see areas such as Grangegorman and Phibsboro being brought into the network. The Dublin Bikes scheme has gained a reputation as being one of the best shared bike schemes in the world. It is vital that funding is allocated to continue to grow the network further over the coming months and years. Currently just 4% of journeys into central Dublin are made by bike. We'd like to see that figure grow substantially over the next few years. The further expansion of Dublin Bikes - beyond the two canals - and also continued investment in safer cycling infrastructure, will be key to achieving that growth."
McQueen said: “The number of people cycling in Dublin continues to grow at a fast pace. Dublin Bikes has proven to be pivotal in encouraging people to make the switch to cycling, with many of the scheme's users ultimately going on to buy their own bike and cycling on a more regular basis. Getting more people to cycle can ultimately help ease Dublin's congestion problem and there are obvious health benefits too."