Cycling Promotion, 22nd September 2016
Coca-Cola Zero, the National Transport Authority and the four city councils of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway have come together to celebrate the many thousands of persons who choose to cycle in our cities, especially for commuting to work or education. The events will take place on Thursday September 22nd 2016, which is celebrated across European Cities as “In Town Without My Car” (or “Car Free”) day.
Celebrating our Cyclists
The numbers of persons choosing to cycle is growing every year. The four Irish cities are delighted to celebrate and recognise our daily cyclists, and their positive choice for accessing the city. In particular, the public bikes schemes, all sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero, have had a significant impact on the cities. Across the four cities, these bike systems collectively carry approximately 13,000 daily trips. This represents a significant element in our overall cycling numbers, and in our cities’ transport mix.
As part of the day, Coca-Cola Zero will have a series of pop-up cycle cafés at locations in the four cities, where cyclists will be able to enjoy complimentary refreshments.
Membership Promotion in Dublin, Cork, Limerick & Galway
Across the three cities of Cork, Limerick and Galway, membership stands at just under 13,000. However, nearly 14% of those members have yet to rent a bicycle. So, to celebrate our regular users, to encourage our non-users, and to attract new users, the National Transport Authority is promoting the Coca-Cola Zero Bike Scheme on 22nd September:
City Centre Hubs
As part of the celebrations across European cities for “In Town Without My Car” Day (22nd September) Day, each of the four cities, (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway) will set up dedicated traffic-free space or Cycle Hub in the city centre.
(Details of each of these events are below).
Coca-Cola Zero will be rewarding and refreshing users of the Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored public bike schemes in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway who leave the car behind on 22nd September. Cycle-In Cafés will ‘pop-up’ on the streets of these four cities, where scheme users can pull in to enjoy some pastries, sandwiches and refreshments without ever leaving their bike. Coca-Cola Zero has also arranged for some surprise goodies which will be found in the baskets of the bikes on the day.
“We are delighted to be celebrating with all those who choose to leave the car behind and head into Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway on a bike. There is no more convenient way to introduce cycling into your routine than through the fantastic public bikes schemes, which are sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero.
“Car-free day on Thursday 22nd September is important because it appeals to a wide audience. We are calling on everyone to take part, and look forward to welcoming both new and regular cyclists to our Cycle-In Cafés for some refreshments,” said Aoife Nagle, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland.
Expansion of Galway Bike Scheme
The NTA is also delighted to announce that the Galway Scheme will be expanded, with the construction of nine (9) new stations expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2016. The expansion includes three stations across the NUIG campus, as well as the first station intended to service the waterfront area, at Nimmo’s Pier. Details of the expansion will be provided at the Galway Cycle Hub.
Cork Cycle Hub at City Hall, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm 22nd September:
Limerick Cycle Hub at Bedford Row, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm 22nd September:
Galway Cycle Hub at Eyre Square, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm 22nd September:
Dublin Cycle Hub at Wolfe Tone Square, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm 22nd September: