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Dublin's First Bike Library

Bleeper is delighted to be working with Francesco Pilla of University College Dublin on an innovative 'Bike Library' project in Harold's Cross Educate Together National School.

This initiative enables the parents of children who attend the school to try out a variety of bicycles for their school journey, including ebikes, folding bikes and cargo bikes - along with accessories such as child seats and carrier racks to carry school bags and child passengers.

Parents and children are pictured in the schoolyard at Harold's Cross Educate Together National School. They are receiving bicycles from the Bike Library initiative. Shown in the photo are a range of ebikes, folding bikes, and cargo bikes, as well as accessories such as child seat attachments and helmets.
Parents and children receiving their new bikes at Harold's Cross ETNS

This is the first Bike Library of its kind in Ireland and Bleeper is supplying the bikes and maintenance for the project, as well as compiling usage and trip data via GPS tracking devices in each of the bikes.

A screengrab of the RTÉ News with the presenter introducing a report about the Bike Library initiative at Harold's Cross Educate Together National School.

The Bike Library has also featured on national television in Ireland, with RTÉ News broadcasting a report about the initiative on the main evening news bulletin.

Richard Greene from Bleeper is pictured speaking to participants from the Bike Library project. Richard is showing three participants the Bimas electric cargo bike.
Richard Greene from Bleeper shows participants a Bimas electric cargobike

The Bike Library is being led by Professor Francesco Pilla of University College Dublin, with support and funding for the initiative coming from Science Foundation Ireland and the European Commission.

The photo shows participants taking their Bike e-cargobikes for a test ride around the schoolyard at Harold's Cross Educate Together National School.
Bike Library participants take their Bimas e-cargobikes for a test ride

"It's about giving a choice to parents when they are travelling to school with their kids," says Professor Pilla. "A choice to use a bike rather than a car. It's all about trying to meet the climate targets for Dublin and having more sustainable options than the car."

A screengrab from the RTÉ News report shows Professor Francesco Pilla of UCD being interviewed about the Bike Library initiative. In the background are a selection of ebikes, folding bikes and cargo bikes.
Francesco Pilla of UCD is leading the Bike Libraby initiative

It is hoped that this pilot project will persuade local authorities and central government to fund similar bike library projects in other schools in Dublin and across the country.

Bleeper would be more than happy to work with any school or organisation that is interested in setting up a bike library in their own local area - just get in touch