Friday, May 16 15:05:46
The An Rothar Nua, a consortium of Irish and European companies, has been awarded the contract for the provision of public bike schemes in the cities of Cork, Galway and Limerick by the National Transport Authority.
The total cost will be around E4.5m and capital funding of the schemes will be provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The public bikes schemes, to be known as Coke Zero Bikes, will be launched to the public this autumn.
An Rothar Nua Consortium comprises Tracetel SA (based in France); West Ireland Cycling Limited (based in Galway); Centre d'Initiative et Gestion Locale (based in Luxembourg); and Mobile Research Solutions Limited (trading as ParkbyText and based in Dublin).
Comprising 740 bikes in total, the scheme will see Cork have 320 bikes, 31 bike stations and 635 bike stands. Galway gets 205 bikes, 19 bike stations and 395 bike stands; and Limerick will have 215 bikes, 23 bike stations and 445 bike stands.
Depending on the success of these schemes, the contract is structured to allow the introduction of additional schemes in other cities, such as Waterford, and other locations in Ireland. The scheme will have similar or lower membership subscriptions and user fees to Dublin Bikes at scheme launch.
The contract cost of the supply and installation of the bike share schemes in the three cities is approximately E4.5 million in total, and the annual operational cost will be about E1.25 million per year.
The implementation of the project will commence immediately and it is expected that the schemes will be operational in all three cities in 5 to 6 months.
The roll-out of the schemes is being made possible following an agreement by Coca-Cola Ireland to partner with the National Transport Authority. Through the agreement, Coca-Cola Ireland will be investing E3m over five years in the project, supporting the operation of the bikes.