18/08/2010

Paris Prize For Millionth Dublin Cyclist

Dublin City Council has announced that the one millionth journey on a dublinbike has taken place since the project's launch last September.

A statement from the Council this morning said that at 7.25 pm on Saturday 14th August, a user of the popular dublinbike scheme took the project to one million journeys.

The Dublin shop assistant who was announced yesterday as the lucky cyclist who took the milestone journey has won a trip to Paris including flights, accommodation and €2,000 in cash.

Joe Murray, 25, from Clondalkin in west Dublin, used one of the bikes to cycle to the cinema after work last Saturday evening. He said the bike scheme was "really useful".

"I use them about five to ten times a week," he said, adding he was surprised and delighted to win the prize, which was presented to him by the Lord Mayor Gerry Breen.

The council said the projects have proven to be very popular with Dubliners and visitors to the City and that to date over 30,000 subscribers have joined the dublinbikes scheme.

In fact, Dublinbikes, which makes 450 bikes available for public use in 40 locations throughout the city centre has been so popular the Dublin Council has announced more capacity will be added to the scheme over the next few weeks.

The expansion will see an additional four stations, 100 new bikes and 300 new parking stands. They will be paid for by additional advertising on the city's streets.

(DW/KMcA)

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