Dublin City Council’s upgraded free cycle parking facility was opened today in Drury Street Car Park by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha.
The expanded unit now has a capacity to hold 332 bicycles. This is twice the capacity of the original facility opened in 2009, the Council have said.
Facilities which have been upgraded include new lighting and CCTV security cameras, as well as more efficient fire alarms and fire exits.
For the first time in a cycle facility in Dublin city, a public bicycle maintenance area with basic tools is to be provided and parking will be available for cargo bicycles.
The cycle parking unit will be available to the public from Monday to Thursday between 7am and midnight, Friday, 7am to 1am, Saturdays, 8am to 1am and Sundays from 10am to 7pm.
The Council have already set their sights on other facilities for consideration to provide the same use as Drury Street Car Park. It is hoped additional upgrades, which compliment the expanded bicycle facility opened today, will happen in the near future.
The Council have said this will compliment the ongoing on-street cycle parking programme that has already provided over 1,300 spaces this year.
At the opening of the new facility, Mícheál Mc Donncha said:
“I’m delighted to open this excellent cycling facility and I am confident that it will encourage many more people to cycle into this part of the city, in the knowledge that there is a safe, secure location to park their bicycles.”
Brendan O’Brien, Head of Technical Services, Dublin City Council added:
“This new facility meets a clear demand for safe, secure cycle parking. It shows what can be done in a multi-storey car park. We would welcome other car park operators approaching Dublin City Council with proposals on how they could provide similar facilities.”