New bikes for city rental to be unveiled today

The new Coca-Cola Zero branded bikes, which will be used as part of the Galway Bike Rental Scheme, are to be unveiled at the Spanish Arch this morning.

The new bikes which feature a distinctive black design with bright red accents will be a regular sight on the streets of Galway when the bike rental scheme gets up and running this autumn.

The Coca-Cola Zero sponsored scheme will be operated by consortium An Rothar Nua which will be supplying 205 bikes for Galway city with 19 docking stations and 395 bike stands. The bikes have built-in gear-shifting technology, enabling automatic gear changes making it easier and safer for users. The €3 million rental bike scheme will also be operating in Cork and Limerick.

Speaking at the Cork bike unveiling yesterday, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport, Alan Kelly, who will be in Galway this morning, said Ireland is becoming a nation of cyclists.

“Having bike-rental schemes will do more to improve and promote a cycling culture across the country than any other initiative. There is increased investment in cycling infrastructure with all junctions and streets becoming more cycling friendly. In Coca-Cola Zero, we have one of the world’s best marketing companies actively engaged in cycling promotion. The benefits to the cities of Cork, Limerick, and Galway will be huge and I look forward to it taking off in these cities just as it has done in Dublin.”

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