is reader-funded journalism. To keep it going and free-to-view, it takes people like you to act now and subscribe today for €5, €10, or €20 per month.

Dublin bicycle rental company offers free trips to COVID-19 vaccinations

Bleeper — one of three on-street bicycle share systems in Dublin — are offering free trips to COVID-19 vaccine appointments this year. Two free day passes are to be offered to users, aimed to be used on the days people are getting their vaccines.

The company said, that with more than a third of Dublin city households not having direct access to a car, its “Immunity Mobility” programme is aimed at helping people get to vaccination appointments without needing to use a car or public transport.

“We’re proud to be providing this free service to anyone who needs it in the coming months,” said Hugh Cooney, CEO and Founder of Bleeper.

He added: “Our Immunity Mobility initiative will give people a safe, socially distanced option for travelling to and from their vaccine appointments. Vaccines are an important step on the road to recovery from COVID-19 and we want to make sure that nobody gets left behind on that journey.”

Bleeper said that it will be emailing its 75,000 users about the offer, but that anyone can use the free day passes by downloading the Bleeper app and using the voucher code VACCINE for your first appointment day and VACCINE2 on the second day.

The company said it operates a fleet of 800 shared bikes spread across areas of Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, which it said covers 100 square kilometres. It had been known as BleeperBike but has rebranded to Bleeper. is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

Subscription drive update: reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October).

If you can help push above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

*** is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via

Cian Ginty

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.