A new Bike Library initiative has been launched in Dublin allowing families to try different ways of cycling while saving money in the long run.
The project, run by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in partnership with UCD, will let families borrow an e-bike, cargo bike or foldable bike for free during the school term.
The “try before you buy” project hopes to encourage families to make a permanent modal shift to sustainable travel for their daily commute.
Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, said: “You can borrow a bike at no cost, as if you’re borrowing a book from the library, try it out and see if it works.
“Then they may consider leaving the car behind, investing in the bike, and using, ultimately, the cheaper option in the long term.
“The more active you are, the more health benefits. Our drive is to reduce carbon emissions from travel.
“If you use a bike and encourage your children to use a bike, then that means they might travel sustainably in the future.
“Women in particular tend to be a bit more nervous about cycling and their safety. The government is investing hundreds and millions every year to improve our infrastructure.
“It will take a few years, but projects like this encourage people to cycle. You’re never too old to learn. You can go to a safe environment like a park and practice. You’ll find you’ll enjoy it.
“You don’t need a license to cycle. There are projects in schools on how to cycle and to do it safely. There are huge benefits to being active and cycling on a daily commute,” she added.