A major change I have noticed in Dublin since I have been away is the Dublin Bike Scheme; it is a bicycle rental scheme that was launched in Dublin last September.
Dublin City has made 450 bicycles publicly available from 40 locations around the city in a scheme similar to that which exists in Paris and done in conjunction with the same private partner – outdoor advertising company JC Decaux.
People are able to pick up a bike whenever they need it and drop it back to any one of the locations when they are done. A Smart-card system handles issues like deposits and payments. A Long Term Card costs €10 per annum (I got one of these in my stocking for Christmas ) or a three day ticket costs €2 – ideal for a weekend tourist! And once you have registered, the first 30 minutes of every journey is free, a nice touch!
The system seems to be working really well – I often go past docking stations with no bicycles left! Its great to see a lot more cyclists around the city!