DublinBikes users to get app to unlock bicycles

DublinBikes users will soon be able to unlock bicycles at docking stations, Dublin City Council has said.

A press release issued this afternoon promised that “This is the first of a number of upcoming exciting developments planned over the course of the partnership which will modernise the scheme which has been a huge success in the city over the past 10 years.”

The announcement was linked with the news that Sky’s NOW TV will be the new brand sponsor for DublinBikes.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu said: “The dublinbikes scheme has been a huge success since it was launched back in 2009 and continues to go from strength to strength. I am delighted to welcome NOW TV on board as the new sponsor. Cycling is getting more popular every day, especially since the onset of Covid-19, and Dublin City Council is keeping pace by continuing to roll out cycling infrastructure throughout the city. I look forward to seeing even more people using NOW TV dublinbikes in 2021.”

John Flanagan, Assistant Chief Executive & City Engineer, Dublin City Council said: “Throughout the last number of years and particularly in 2020 we have seen the importance of having sustainable transport options. The benefits of cycling are huge, from the individual benefits of improved health and well-being to the collective benefits for our city in the reduction of car traffic and congestion on the roads, while also bringing reductions in air and noise pollution and carbon emissions.”

Latest dublinbikes Statistics as of November 30, 2020:

  • Number of bikes: 1,600
  • Number of stations: 117
  • Current Valid Long Term Subscribers 55,138
  • Journeys (since launch) 31,224,618
  • Average Duration of Journey (YTD) 17 Minutes
  • Percentage of Journeys Free (YTD) 94%
  • Estimated reduction in Co2 emissions since launch: 8,014 Tonnes


  1. I’ve been envious of French velibs for years, subscribers there have fobs that they can just swipe at the post to unlock the bike. About time we had touchless collection option, and hopefully the app won’t be crap.


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