— NTA says expansion dependent on funding for 2016
Details of a planned expansion of Galway Coke Zero Bikes, the city’s on-street public bicycle share system, were released yesterday to IrishCycle.com following a Freedom of Information request.
Galway Bikes is the least popular city bicycle share systems in Ireland, campaigners and others mainly blame this on too few stations, including Galway City Council’s decision to omit planned docking stations. The Galway Cycling Campaign also point out that the city has ignored recommendations on cycling on one-way streets.
Yesterday, Michael Aherne, head of transport development division at the National Transport Authority, said: “At this stage, we are awaiting clarity on next year’s funding. In addition, there are multiple players involved in getting the extension done, including the contractor (AN Rothar Nua), subcontractors (construction), local authority, utilities inc ESB, etc.”
Aherne added: “We won’t be proceeding till we have both the funding and an efficient delivery programme nailed.”
The scheme along with the schemes in Cork and Limerick are run by AN Rothar Nua, while all city bicycle share schemes in Ireland and Northern Ireland are sponsored by Coca Cola under the company’s Coke Zero brand.
Stations locations set for detailed design:
- (i) Seamus Quirke Road (30 bike capacity) *
- (ii) Hospital (40 bike capacity)
- (iii) O Shaughnessy Bridge (40 bike capacity)
- (iv) Claddagh /Nimmo Pier (30 bike capacity) *
- (v) NUIG Main entrance (40 bike capacity)
- (vi) Bodkin Junction (30 bike capacity)
- (vii) Sailin (Dublin Road) (40 bike capacity)
- (viii) Glenina (Dublin Road) (40 bike capacity)
* = Includes space for further expansion in design
The map of those stations (marked by number markers, original stations excluded):