Bicycles Helping Ireland's Capital To Go Green
The city of Dublin is encouraging cycling with free bike schemes and bike to work programs.
The city council of Dublin, Ireland launched a free bicycle scheme last year in which 450 specially-made bikes were made available from 40 stations around the city. The bicycle needs a credit card to use it, and is free for the first half an hour costing 6.50 Euros for four hours. The city council claims that the scheme is a runaway success with over 500,000 trips made since its inception.
Ireland also introduced a bike-to-work tax incentive program which allows employers to buy bikes and sell them to their workers tax-free. To encourage more people to cycle, the city has also dropped the speed limit in the city center to 20 miles an hour. The police is also taking to bikes, with patrols on mountain bikes around the city.