Grab & Go expanded in coastal towns

by Rose Barrett

Fingal County Council is expanding its popular bike sharing scheme to five coastal towns with ‘Bleeper’ bikes now available in Balbriggan, Rush, Donabate, Portrane and Skerries, writes Rose Barrett

The scheme allows cyclists to ‘grab & go’ on a Bleeper bike. These GPS enabled bikes are easy to use with no need for complicated docking procedures. Users simply download an app and register for the service. They can then pick up any available Bleeper bike across Fingal by scanning the QR code on the bike to unlock it.

Once cyclists arrive in an area where Bleeper operates (see app for full location map), they can park at any cycle parking stand near their destination and lock the bike manually using the provided bike lock. With no need for special docking stations the scheme offers maximum flexibility to cyclists with the freedom to park their bike where they need it.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy who is an enthusiastic cyclist himself said: “Fingal residents have taken to cycling in a big way and Fingal County Council, along with Bleeper are providing a really high-quality service. I would encourage anyone interested to download the app and get out for a cycle soon.”

CE of Fingal County Council, Annmarie Farrelly, noted: “We live in a rapidly growing county and that can provide challenges for busy town centres. Bike sharing, and cycling in general, facilitates people visiting towns while also reducing traffic congestion. It is just one element of an overall approach to travel that gives priority to cyclists, pedestrians and public transport with an aim to make Active Travel the mode of choice for all journeys under 5km.”

David Storey, Director of Services for Environment, Climate Action and Active Travel said: “We started with just one pilot location in Blanchardstown originally, and demand for the service has grown rapidly, so it is great to see these new locations being launched. Bleeper bikes offer everyone access to affordable, sustainable transport whether they are commuting, cycling to the shops or simply enjoying the outdoors this summer.”

Bleeper bikes are now available across Fingal in Swords, Malahide, Howth, Blanchardstown, Skerries, Balbriggan, Donabate, Portrane, Rush, Portmarnock, Sutton, Baldoyle, Castleknock, Ongar, Clonsilla and throughout the Dublin 15 area. A full list of operational locations can be found in the Bleeper app.

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