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Harold's Cross Sees The Opening Of Dublin's First Bike Library

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:41 28 Sep 2022

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Dublin has got its first "bike library" as part of efforts to get more people out of the car.

The pilot project is being run at the Educate Together National School in Harold's Cross as part of the iChange project, that is funded by the European Commission.

Parents can borrow cargo bikes, e-bikes or folding bikes, similar to how a book library works.

Francesco Pilla, a UCD Professor is running the scheme. He says the cost of electric bikes is a barrier for families;

"These bikes are fantastic but they are super expensive. E-bikes are around €2,000 while e-cargo bikes are €5,000 and above."

Teacher Ruth Glennon says it's been a success so far;

"There has been a great uptick. I don't think there are any bikes left at the minute, everyone has taken one out for rent or for loan and then they'll put it back in."

It's hoped Dublin city council will subsidise the initiative to allow more bike libraries to open at other schools.

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