DublinBikes users pedal 25 million bicycle share trips in 9 years

— Busiest day was October 16 with 16,574 trips.

— Herbert Place is the busiest station.

Dublin residents and visitors have rented bicycles on the city’s main bicycle share system, DublinBikes, over 25 million times since the system launched in September 2009 — with 3,273,310 trips in the last 10 months alone.

The scheme is run by JCDecaux on behalf of Dublin City Council and sponsored by Just Eat. It includes around 1,600 bicycles and 115 docking stations.

The city council said to mark this “major milestone” that DublinBike users are “invited to unwrap the gift of sustainable public transport and uncover one of 400 Just Eat gift cards worth €25 each, hidden across the network” — amounting to over €10,000 worth of gift cards.

The city council said that cycling makes up over 14% of all traffic in the City Centre.

Just Eat Ireland Managing Director Amanda Roche-Kelly said: “Just Eat is delighted to be part of today’s landmark celebration for Just Eat dublinbikes. 25 million journeys is testament to the popularity of the Just Eat dublinbikes scheme itself and of cycling in general, as a convenient and healthy way to navigate the streets of Dublin.”

“By adding 15 new stations and 100 new bikes to the network over the past 8 months, the scheme has really transformed the infrastructure of sustainable transport in the capital and Just Eat is so proud to be part of its success.”

Latest dublinbikes statistics:

  • Journeys (YTD) 3,273,310
  • Average Duration of Journey (YTD) 15 Minutes
  • Percentage of Journeys Free (YTD) 96%
  • Busiest Usage Date 2018 16th October
  • Journeys on Busiest Day 2018 16,574

Photo Caption:
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring at the Mansion House, with Richard Millwood who took the 25 millionth journey, Richard Shakespeare, Assistant Chief Executive Dublin City Council, Amanda Roche-Kelly, Managing Director Just Eat Ireland and Joanne Grant, Managing Director JCDecaux Ireland. Image: Naoise Culhane Photography

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

1 Comment

  1. These statistics are interesting when you combine with the Canal Cordon count.

    The number of cyclists crossing the canal in 2017 was 12447. If there are 16574 journeys on DB on the busiest day, I’m guessing the average is about 15000. I expect that correspondents to 7500 journeys in each direction. That all adds up to 20k cyclists in and around the central core part of the city. The number of cars crossing the canal in 2017 was 50k. I am assuming the number of car journeys originating in the central area is negligible (why drive when you can walk quicker). I am also ignoring taxis, as these are PSV’s with a fairly constant demand.

    The ratio of private cars to bikes in 2017 was therefore about 2.5 to 1. The equivalent ratio in 2006 (when there was no DB scheme) was 12 to 1. This is a huge shift in preferences by Dublin citizens.

    There has been some improvements in cycle infrastructure over the last eleven years, like the Grand Canal cycle-way, However, the vast majority of roads operate with the same infrastructure as was in place in 2006. So despite the significant change in demand by Dublin citizens, the provision of infrastructure has not kept up. We need fully segregated Cycleways. In addition, by introducing Quietways we will develop a safe cycle network across the city for everyone to enjoy.

    We have to start looking at the evidence, and stop listening to the nay-sayers who object to any change. Can you imagine how many people would enjoy cycling with even some modest improvements?

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