Up to 300 bikes could be located at 31 docking stations across Cork city centre by next summer as part of a public bike rental scheme.
It would operate in the same way as the successful Dublin scheme which allows users to rent a bike from any of the city’s 44 automated stations. Bikes there can cost as little as 50c for an hour and can be collected and then returned to any docking station.
The proposed locations of the docking stations in Cork would be largely confined to the city centre island, running from Kent Station in the east as far as Gaol Cross near UCC in the west.
Displays of the drawings and photomontages of the scheme can be viewed in City Hall until the end of the month.
On Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, there will be an information centre where members of the public can meet with consultants and give their views on the project. However the consultants have said the images are merely conceptual drawings and the final docking stations and bikes may be different.
City councillor John Buttimer said Cork had been campaigning for a number of years to bring a bicycle-sharing scheme to the city and urged the public to view the plans. However, he urged the addition of extra docking stations in the suburbs to maximise the benefit of the project.
“If the scheme is to be owned by the people of Cork, there is a need to increase the routes into suburban areas so that it is truly a Cork scheme and not just one for work commuters and students,” he said.
Following the success of the scheme in Dublin, the National Transport Authority and consultant engineers Arup are now rolling it out in Cork, Limerick and Galway.