I’ve just posted my top ten tips for all you new cyclists over on the DublinBlog so check it out before you do any damage! Even though I won’t be using the new Dublin Bikes service myself I think we will head into town on our bikes today to see how it’s all going and maybe meet up with some new cycling enthusiasists.
I do think that since the recent Government tax break for cyclists there are more cyclists in the city. I have noticed more bikes parked in the bike park in work. It was especially noticeable yesterday along the Dublin Seafront Cycle path between Marino and Sutton. It was a gorgeous day in Dublin yesterday and while we were in the car driving to Portmarnock (I know shock! horror!) I noticed many people cycling along this great route. I think it’s a real missed opportunity that Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council didn’t work out the scheme to include stations at either end of this route. It is a lovely and safe route with lots of interest to see along the way and plenty of pitstop points by the looks of things.
Were I not 4 months pregnant, I would have considered doing this cycle ourselves although the first chunk from Dublin 12 to Marino would have been horrible. While I am still cycling, it’s just short punts rather than mammoth journeys like this.
I’m just off the phone from another cycling buddy who is in the city centre and says she has not seen a single bike yet. However Rapture Ponies posted this photo to twitter a little while ago so there is evidence to the contrary.