Dublin residents and visitors have a new option for getting around town.
The city has kicked off a partnership with bike-sharing company LimeBike, which will supply bikes at locations throughout the city for people to rent via mobile app.
The bike service is provided free to cities because the company makes its money from bike rentals, said Joanne Shelly, Dublin urban designer.
Dublin's decision to provide a bike-sharing option is rooted in the result of a mobility study the city began about 18 months at the request of Dublin City Council, Shelly said.
"One of the most requested options was bike share," she said.
LimeBike provides bikes in the city and has a local manager and staff to undertake maintenance and return bikes to their original locations, Shelley said.
LimeBike has provided more than 100 bikes in the city to start and will eventually increase that number to 250 bikes, according to a Dublin press release.
Riders can use the free app to rent a bike for $1 for 30 minutes, or 50 cents for students with a valid student ID.
The code "LIMEDUBLIN" is available for first-time riders to receive a $3 account credit.
Bikes will be located at city buildings and in the Bridge Street and Historic districts, Shelly said.
Several of the city's hotels have requested bikes at their locations, as have Cardinal Health and IGS, Shelly said.
LimeBike is providing a dock-free rental system in Dublin, meaning that rather than returning a bike to a specific location, riders can just lock the bike's back wheel and leave the bike in any location that is not blocking pedestrian or roadway traffic, said Nathan Hasse, LimeBike's market launcher.
LimeBike will more than likely leave some bikes out year round, Hasse said.
Each bike is outfitted with a front and rear light that is activated when the bike's pedals are being used, Hasse said.
The bikes' tires are made of dense foam wrapped in rubber, so they don't need to be filled with air, he said.
Bikes also are outfitted with a customer-service phone number, Hasse said.
Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and bikes either can be repaired on site or at a local service center, he said.
"We're really excited about operating here in Dublin," he said.
Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he envisions visitors to the city using LimeBike bikes to experience downtown Dublin in addition to generating revenue and jobs for the area.
"Offering our visitors and easy way to enjoy our 130 miles of bike paths is yet another great tool for us to market the city of Dublin," Dring said.