The Belfast bike share scheme: Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes, which launched in April this year, has just celebrated a major milestone. Less than six months since that first day, the bike share scheme has made its landmark 100,000th journey. There are currently 300 Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes at 30 stations across the city centre, and Belfast City Council (BCC) is preparing to expand the number of stations across the city. The Scheme is operated by NSL and funded by BCC and the Department for Regional Development as part of its Active Travel Demonstration Projects (DRD NI), and is sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero. In the first week of operation, the scheme out-performed the start of Glasgow’s – and even beat the famous Boris bikes’ in London. By the third week of operation in Belfast, there were more than 4,486 individual users, and three months in there were on average over 1,000 users per day.
Veronica Noble, NSL’s Client Account Manager for Belfast Bikes said, ‘NSL is proud to be a partner in such a well received scheme. Since we began operating the bike share in April we have been delighted with the take up and response from the people of Belfast and to get to the 100,000th rental so quickly is fantastic. As well as the obvious benefits for the environment and people’s health, these bikes also give people a superb option for any short journey across town. We look forward to the next milestone of 500,000!’
Councillor Declan Boyle, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, commented: “It is great to see how both the people of Belfast and visitors to our city have taken to the scheme and embraced cycling as an integral part of their everyday lives. Cycling is perhaps the quickest way to get around the city, and the tremendous popularity of the scheme, which isn’t even six months old yet, is a testament to the commitment of the Council and our partners to develop it and drive it forward.”
Gillian shields, Community Investment Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, “We are proud to have supported the Belfast Bike Share scheme since its launch and we are delighted to be playing a part in its continued success. Our partnership with Belfast City council and the Department for Regional Development builds on our commitment to encourage active healthy lifestyles and through our investments in the bike schemes in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork, we are working to help create a culture of cycling across the island of Ireland.”
(Pictured with the user who made the trip, Colin Thompson, are Councillor Declan Boyle, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee; Gillian Shields, Community Investment Manager with Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland; Veronica Noble, Client Account Manager with NSL; and Anne Burke Department for Regional Development Cycling Unit)
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