Galway Bikes station expansion planned for 2017

A “significant expansion” of Galway Bikes is now planned for next year, Galway Bay FM has reported.

When reporting the news, the Galway radio station referenced Michael Aherne, head of transport development division at the National Transport Authority.

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Galway Bay FM said that the National Transport Authority has “admitted that a lack of docking stations is to blame for the poor uptake of the Galway City Public Bike Scheme” and that “It’s singling out the lack of a station at NUI Galway as a particular factor in Galway’s poor performance when compared to other cities nationwide.”

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Last year reported on how the authority said possable expansion this year was subject to funding.

Although the station locations could change in detailed planning, information released to this website last year included a draft list of eight new stations; these were:

  • (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):

Galway Bikes




  1. Was going to say that too! Salthill would be an obvious destination for tourist trips, swimmers and lots of students living out there too….

  2. @Tymon — Parkmore is way too far for a conventional city bicycle share system to cover. On-street bike share works when there’s stations in a network within walking distance of each other — for example, so if the station close to your workplace/house/etc is full or empty you won’t have far to walk to/from next station.

    The location shown to the east (right) on the map above, along the Old Dublin Road, is pushing it in terms of how far away it is from other stations. Parkmore is way too far out and it would likely be unrealistic to expand a network of stations that far out.


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