Work is continuing on doubling the amount of stations in Dublin’s on-street bicycle sharing system.
“I’m in favour of the scheme, but Dublinbikes have said all along that if residents were going to be severely inconvenienced by the bike stands, they would look at their location again,” Cllr Clare Byrne was quoted as saying last week in the Herald newspaper.
The location of the station in question at Rothe Abbey, a cul-de-sac off the South Circular Road, was known to city councillors since at least May 2013.
After the expansion was announced, residents across areas of Dublin not included were left wondering if DublinBikes will ever come to their areas. But the Herald calls the Rothe Abbey location in Dublin 8 “a particularly contentious depot site” as nearby apartment residents do not all have off-street parking.
Cllr Byrne said: “I was assured that work would not start until Monday, March 3, and then I got a call yesterday to say they were digging up the road already.”
Seven new stations have opened this year so-far. These include at Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, North Wall Quay at the Point, North Wall Quay at the site of the planned New Central Bank (aka Anglo HQ site), Benson Street (between Hanover Quay and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay), Denmark Street Great (off Parrell Square) and Lime Street (off Sir John Rogerson’s Quay). The seven stations going live follows 17 coming on-stream late last year.
While the expansion has so-far focused on the Docklands, stations are now under construction on the west side of the city centre including off the South Circular Road and off Thomas Street.
— Transforming Dublin (@TransformingDub) March 2, 2014