BleeperBike and South Dublin County Council have joined together to launch “pilot” of stationless on-street bicycle share, which use mobile phones to unlock the bicycles, in Clondalkin, Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Lucan and Templeogue
BleeperBike launched in Dublin City Centre in June but was removed the city’s streets days later by Dublin City Council after the company ignored a warning from the council. There are a number operators wanting to set up in the city and the city council are in the process of drafting byelaws to regulate them.
This week South Dublin County Council said that the BleeperBike launch in its area is on a pilot basis. BleeperBike also recently launched a service aimed at DCU students and staff where parking is only allowed on different DCU and related campuses, off public roads.
“South Dublin County Council are delighted to launch this short term bike rental scheme on a pilot basis in Clondalkin, Tallaght, and Rathfarnham, with further locations in Lucan and Templeogue to be rolled out shortly,” said a statement from South Dublin County Council.
The council said: “BleeperBike is a bike sharing service to fulfil short trips conveniently, anytime, anywhere, by combining innovation and today’s IoT (Internet of Things) technology. BleeperBike is green, reduces congestion, and continually strives to improve quality of life.”
It added: “As with the GoCar pilot project South Dublin County Council are extremely happy to be involved with this project and hope it will be beneficial to all our residents and visitors to the county.”
BleeperBike said on Twitter: “Delighted to be up and running in South Dub, working to get permission for more parking locations throughout September.”
IMAGE: Sean O’Hara, Eddie Taaffe, Tony O’Grady, and Laura Leonard of SDCC, Daniel McLoughlin CEO of SDCC, mayor Paul Gogarty, and John Mills, Barry Clark all BleeperBike, Hugh Cooney CEO BleeperBike.
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