The scheme was launched by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD at the Savoy Hotel today (Monday 8th December) with the help of former Irish and Munster rugby player and Limerick native, David Wallace.
When fully complete the scheme will see 23 stations and 215 bikes located throughout Limerick city. It follows the recent launch of the scheme in Galway with the bikes also going live on the streets of Cork over the coming weeks.
Speaking at the launch today, Minister O’Sullivan said: “I’m delighted to officially launch the Coca-Cola Zero bikes in Limerick today and would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project.
"Limerick City is one of three centres in Ireland that is to become Ireland's First Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas. Great progress has been made in this respect and the roll-out of the Coca-Cola Zero Bikes today provides another smarter travel option for the people of Limerick. It’s great to see the fantastic and accessible network of bike stations, covering everywhere from O’Connell Avenue to King John’s Castle. This spread will benefit our city’s visitors as they enjoy the sights of Ireland’s first City of Culture; commuters as they travel between meetings or to their bus stop; and leisure bike users as they enjoy a weekend cycle or a shopping trip around the city.
“The roll-out of the Coca-Cola Zero Bike scheme will make cycling more convenient and accessible in the city and in turn I hope it will increase the uptake and enjoyment of cycling. I want to urge everyone to get out of their cars and onto bikes as we move into 2015.”
There are a number of ways to use the bikes.
- An annual subscription card is the easiest way to use a Coca-Cola Zero Bike - just present your card and enjoy the benefits, all year round, for an annual fee of €5. (The annual subscription will increase to €10 from January 2015.)
- A three day pass for €3
The first 30 minutes are free and there is a breakdown of the prices here.
In May of this year the Rothar Nua consortium was awarded the contract for the provision of public bike schemes in the cities of Limerick,Cork and Galway by the National Transport Authority, with capital funding of €5.1 million for these schemes being provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Coca-Cola’s partnership for the regional schemes made the roll out possible with an almost €3 million investment over the next five years.
To register today for an annual subscription to Coca-Cola Zero bikes log on to www.bikeshare.ie.
Bike Station Locations
|Area||Number of Docks|
|The Treaty Stone||20|
|King John's Castle||20|
|St. Mary's Cathedral||20|
|Island Road Junction||20|
|The Granary Library||28|
|The Milk Market||20|
|St. John's Cathedral||10|
|Mount Saint Alphonsus||10|
|Mary Immaculate College||20|
|Mount Saint Vincent||20|