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Happy second birthday DublinBikes

DublinBikes is two years old today. The bikes have been used for more than 2,527,435 journeys according to JCDecaux today. DublinBikes in numbers:

Bikes: 550
Stations: 44
Long term members: Over 37,000
Short term subscriptions: Over 25,000
Busiest day: 6,280 journeys on July 13
Planned expansion: 5,000 bikes by 2016

UPDATED: More stats from Dublin City Council:

  • Subscription total: 63,072 as at  12/9/2011
  • Long term Hire total: 37,417 as at  12/9/2011
  • 3 day ticket total: 25,655 as at  12/9/2011
  • Total number of Journeys: 2,529,693 as at  12/9/2011
  • Average duration of journey: Approximately 13 minutes
  • Percentage of total journeys which are free (Less than 30 minutes long): 95.3%
  • Average number of subscribers per station (Subscription total / 44): 1,433
  • Average number of subscribers per bike (Subscription total / 550): 115
  • Busiest usage day of the previous month: 6,176 rentals on Thursday 1/9/2011
  • Busiest usage day to date: 6,281 rentals on Wednesday 13/7/2011
  • Bike Rotation Rate (Average number of times a bike is rented per day: 9.8 for week commencing 5/9/2011

ALSO SEE: Wheels set in motion for Dublin Bikes expansion is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

Subscription drive update: reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October).

If you can help push above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

*** is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

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I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

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Cian Ginty

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