Dublin's free bikes to go from 450 to 5,000
Steps are under way to expand a free bike scheme in Dublin ten-fold.
The 'Dublin Bikes' scheme has been hailed a massive success since it was launched in September last year.
Now it has been recommended the number of bikes available for hire should go from 450 to 5,000. Dublin councillor Andrew Montague said: "Dublin Bikes may be the most successful bike scheme in the world.
"Based on the results of other cities across the world, we expected to sign up 2,000 members in our first year," Mr Montague said.
"But we are thrilled that over 46,000 people have joined the scheme since its launch just over a year ago.
"We've had more than 1.25 million trips since the launch," he added.
The expanded plan will have to be passed by the council before it goes out to public tendering.
"In Melbourne their bike scheme is averaging about 150 trips per day, while in Dublin it is over 5,000 trips per day; In Paris 3,000 bikes were stolen in the first year.
"In Dublin we had two bikes stolen and both were recovered."
The bikes' bases will be expanded to Dublin City University in the north, Clonskeagh in the south and Inchicore in the west.
The first new stations will be in the Docklands area and around Heuston station.