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Thread: One year of Dublin's Bike scheme

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    Default One year of Dublin's Bike scheme

    The free bikes in Dublin have been around for a year now. As far as I can see the system has been a fantastic success.



    It is based very closely on the Paris Velib scheme (even as far as having a French website to run the accounts https://abo-dublin.cyclocity.fr) and seems to have been welcomed by everyone except the most bitter petrol heads.

    What are your views on the bikes, and what other ideas from abroad could we copy to improve our cities?

    And, most important, what do you actually call the bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey cat View Post
    The free bikes in Dublin have been around for a year now. As far as I can see the system has been a fantastic success.



    It is based very closely on the Paris Velib scheme (even as far as having a French website to run the accounts https://abo-dublin.cyclocity.fr) and seems to have been welcomed by everyone except the most bitter petrol heads.

    What are your views on the bikes, and what other ideas from abroad could we copy to improve our cities?

    And, most important, what do you actually call the bikes?
    Well, I haven't used any of those bikes, I don't live in Dublin and I own one anyway but I'd call those things bikes.

    I'd like to know where they got the rear mudguards, though, I like the design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey cat View Post
    Hell of a picture that. A cyclist stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the road. I'm reminded of the camera crew for one of Attenborough's documentaries who spent 3 weeks in a hide to capture the first film of bower birds mating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    Hell of a picture that. A cyclist stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the road. I'm reminded of the camera crew for one of Attenborough's documentaries who spent 3 weeks in a hide to capture the first film of bower birds mating.
    Or probably just a random chance in the case of that photo lol.

    Yeah by all accounts it has been successful. When they first did it in Paris though a lot of bikes got damaged or stolen.

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    Is the photo taken outside the George?

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    I haven't used the service myself as I have a bike bit I have been amazed at its success. The obvious next step apart from moving it out of the limited area of the city centre is to apply the model to other methods of transport such as cars.

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    Photogenic cyclist too

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    Some people call them "blue bikes" or "city bikes", others call them "DeeBee's".

    I've even heard one or two people say "Velib" which is what they are called in Paris.

    Is there a slang name for them- like "The Daniel Day" for the LUAS you hear sometimes? If there is I haven't heard it.

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    women who have used them on the cobbel stoned streets of Templebar call them: "fanny busters" and men who do the same call them "prostate proders".

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    Ended up standing beside the rank on Nassau Street for about 10 minutes waiting for someone. Couldn't believe how busy it was. Time to extend it I'd say. Kudos to whoever brought it in.

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