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How to use Dublin’s public bike system

What's New — By vourneentaylor on August 19, 2010 at 10:55 am
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Dublin joins the list of great cities to have its own bike sharing scheme, including Seville, Brussels, Vienna, Paris and many more. The Dublin bike scheme is a hugely successful public transport operation. The 1 millionth bike rental occurred on the 14th August, less than one year since the scheme launched. It is a great way to travel independently around the city and explore it from a different perspective rather than on top of a double decker tour bus.

Signage

Dublin bikes map

Dublin bikes map

On the screens of the terminals or on the website www.dublinbikes.ie you can find out where exactly the terminals are located and how many bikes are available and stands are free.

Payment system

Dublin Bike Fees

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There are two options available one is to obtain a long term Hire Card (€10) the other a 3 day ticket (€2). If you are just in Dublin for a short stint the 3 day ticket should sufffice. These tickets can be  purchased from any of the 14 terminals. The first half-hour of use is free then after that a service charge applies. So you can use the bike as often as you like for 30 mins at a time (you must return it to a bike terminal in that time) and there will be no further charge.

30 mins – Free

1 hour – 50c

2 hours €1.50

3 hours €3.50

4 hours €6.50

Every extra hour is €2

How to ride

On yer bike

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Log in at the terminal using your dublinbikes Long Term Hire Card or your 3 Day Ticket.
Enter your PIN and select an available db on screen, you then have 60 seconds to press the unlocking button on the stand of the db you have chosen. Once you have pressed the button you have 5 seconds to remove the db from the stand. Then get pedaling !

Etiquette

Bike etiquette

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Don’t leave rubbish or unwanted items in the basket. Be patient and don’t skip ahead and barge in first to snatch a bike from the stand or to use the terminal. Most of all be friendly to your fellow cyclists!

Tags: bikes, Dublin, public transport

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