Stationless bicycle share in Dublin City is expected to launch in June, Dublin City Council has said.
UPDATE: The council said on Monday morning that it expects to make an announcement on Wednesday morning on the details of the two stationless providers who have won a licence. It is still unclear if the council will let other operators use the city’s streets at a later stage.
Recent headlines that the stationless schemes could be “scuppered by locking requirements” is viewed as highly unlikely as most of the potential operators signed up for a licence with the full knowledge and acceptance of the requirement that the bicycles are to only be locked to official bicycle racks.
The requirement is designed to stop bicycles from being abandoned or where bicycles would be locked where footpaths would be blocked, as has happened in other cities.
The complaint against the rule on locking bicycles was made by Ofo, a Beijing-based bicycle sharing giant. But Dublin-based companies Urbo and Bleeper Bike have both said that they agree with with the council trying to avoid parking issues.
The council is busy installing new bicycle racks around the city to allow for increased demand and the fees charged to operators is expected to fund extra bicycle racks. Although so-far the locations for new bicycles mainly seem to be outside the high-demand area in the core of Dublin city centre.
“Dublin City Council received 5 applications for an Operator’s licence under the Dublin City Council Control of Stationless On-Street Bicycle Hire Bye-Laws 2017,” a spokeswomen for Dublin City Council said last week, on May 16.
She added: “The assessment process was finalised recently and two potential operators have been identified. However no licences have issued to date. It is anticipated that licences will be issued in approximately 2 weeks.”
“The numbers of bikes permitted per operator will be determined at a later date, but is expected to increase from the initial allocation as further cycle parking facilities are rolled out throughout the City,” the council said.