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New electric bicycle share now available in some north Dublin areas

— Roll-out on-going, around 100 bicycles to be available by the end of the week.

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— Stationless bike share market heats up in Ireland with five operators now active.

International bicycle share operator Tier has started to place its bikes on some streets in the Fingal County Council’s area after signing a contract with the council.

Fingal’s Active Travel section said that after a tender process the bikes are being put on the street this week. At first there will be 100 bikes and that will spin up to 400 depending on demand.

The bikes — which cost €1 to unlock and €0.20 per minute — pedal assisted electric bicycles where the motor helps up to 25km/h.

Tier will cover two areas at first: Dublin 15, including Blanchardstown and Castleknock, and the combined areas made up of Swords, Malahide, Baldoyle, Portmarnock and Howth.

As with all stationless bicycle share in Dublin, the bicycles must be parked at designated bicycle racks, and journeys must start and end within the allowed parking areas shown on the map in the app.

According to the Tier’s app, Dublin City University’s campus is also still available as a parking area for now. As reported in April, the company started on the campus as a test bed location.

Tier is the fifth stationless bicycle share firm actively operating in Ireland. The three others currently up and running here are: Bleeper covering Dublin City Centre, coastal areas and a hub in Crumlin; Moby coveting a large percentage of Dublin City, DLRCC and along the Grand Canal Greenway in the South Dublin County Council; and Zipp covering the DLRCC area; and Bolt, which has just started operating in Sligo.

Tier bikes are the most costly to use at €4 for 15 minutes — that compares to €2.40 with Moby and €2.05 on Zipp, or just €1.30 with Bleeper (non-electric).

This is in addition to DublinBikes and the regional bicycle schemes, running in Cotk, Limerick, Galway, and to be launch in Waterford soon. Which require subscriptions — €35 per year in Dublin and €10 per year in the other cities — but which are free for the first half hour use.

David Storey, Director of Environment, Climate Action and Action Travel at Fingal County Council, said: “Not everyone owns a bike and not everyone needs to. With these e-bikes and with our Bleeper bike sharing scheme, making the choice to cycle is as simple as spotting a bike and unlocking it with your phone.”

He added: “The TIER e-bikes are on the streets now and we’re encouraging everyone to give them a go and feel the difference that choosing Active Travel can make.”

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony said: “It is great to see the addition of these new e-bikes in the Blanchardstown area and across the County. If you’re new to cycling or it has been a long time since you were on a bike, perhaps now is the time to see if Active Travel might work for you.”

He added: “E-bikes take the pressure off the cyclist with battery power doing lots of the work for you, and they offer another great option for those who wish to cycle.”

Peadar Golden, Ireland Country Manager, TIER said: “Sustainability is a key driver of TIER’s mission to change mobility for good. As the first fully carbon-neutral provider of micro-mobility, we aim to drive the transition towards low-carbon transport.”

He added: “Building on our e-scooter trial at Dublin City University and our experience of operating in over 530 towns and cities around the world, we’re thrilled to have been selected to introduce our service across Fingal and look forward to supporting the people of Fingal as they explore the County by TIER e-bike.”

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