— Just Eat announced as new DublinBikes sponsor.
Access to sustainable transport, including cycling, is “vital” according to Dublin City Council’s chief executive, but he made the comment as the Gardai confirmed the council approved a cycle path closure this weekend so buses could park on it.
The council has yet to respond to questions on the legality and safety issues due to closing part of the segregated S2S Dublin Bay cycle route for the U2 concert this weekend.
Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council said: “It is vital for Dublin city that the public have access to viable and sustainable modes of transport. dublinbikes has played a huge part in the accelerated growth of cycling in Dublin and it is now rightly seen as integral to the public transport network. The scheme will become even more accessible with the introduction of 15 new stations and 100 new bikes when the Grangegorman expansion is rolled out later on this year. Having Just Eat on board as a commercial partner enables us to provide enhancements to the scheme at no additional cost to the city.”
He made the comments at the announcement this morning that Just Eats takes over from Coca-Cola as sponsor of DublinBikes.
Ironically, takeaway food outlets are among the worst businesses to block some cycle lanes.
Lord mayor, Mícheál Mac Donncha said: “Dublin city has had the benefit of a world class bike share scheme since 2009. Over that period the scheme has gone from strength to strength. With almost 20 million journeys taken so far it is recognised as one of the most successful bike schemes in the world, which is something that Dublin can be proud of. This commercial partnership with Just Eat will play an important role in further developing the success of the scheme and in the promotion of cycling in the city.”
Amanda Roche Kelly, managing director of Just Eat Ireland said: “Just Eat and dublinbikes are, in so many ways, the ideal partners. First and foremost, both services were conceived to meet an everyday lifestyle need. In the case of dublinbikes it’s helping people to get around the city more easily, whilst for Just Eat, it’s helping hungry commuters find their flavour by ordering their favourite foods for delivery when and where they want…”.