— Council moves to draft by-laws for forth generation bicycle share.
Dublin’s first stationless bicycle share scheme, Bleeperbike, is now off-line after Dublin City Council started to remove the bicycles from the streets of the city.
A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said: “Dublin City Council has removed many bikes from different locations around the city. A lot of complaints have been received regarding the bikes as have requests for the bikes to be removed.”
The bicycles were removed under Section 71 of the Roads Act 1993, which gives the council the power to remove unlicensed items advertising a service from the public footpath or roadway.
The city council has now started the process of drafting by-laws and the matter has been added to the for the city transport committee this Wednesday.
Chairman of the committee, Councillor Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party) said that he is delighted that new companies want to offer new cycling solutions for Dublin, but that the council wants to ensure a level playing field for the range of companies who are interested in providing the service.
Cllr Cuffe said: “We intend discussing draft by-laws for Fourth Generation bikes at the next meeting of Dublin City Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee which meets next Wednesday 28th June in City Hall at 8am.”
“We want to ensure a level playing field for all Fourth Generation bike rental providers. It isn’t fair for one company to jump the gun while several others are waiting for guidance before proceeding. We also want to ensure that the public realm is protected, and that footpaths are unduly cluttered with bikes between rentals,” he said.
“There is clearly a role for Fourth Generation bike rental providers in providing sustainable transport solutions in Dublin.”