Dublin by Bike

31st July 2013
Pól Ó Conghaile

Did you know Dublin is the 9th most bike-friendly city in the world?

That’s according to the Copenhagenize Index 2013. Amsterdam and Copenhagen top the list, but Dublin has – rather amazingly – squeezed into the Top 10.

“Dublin is the Great Bike Hope among Emerging Bicycle Cities,” Copenhagenize says. It credits the Dublin Bikes scheme, “ballsy” political will, and believes a city-wide cycling strategy can take the city to the next level…

“[It] remains an inspiration and a city to watch.”

And whilst we still have a way to go to catch up with Scandinavian cyclists (in Copenhagen, 55% of all residents cycle daily), there are lots of new cycle lanes, parking spaces, and city bike tours to give two wheels a try.

Dublin City Bike Tours, for example, offers 3hr tours with “a fun, easy paced and eco-friendly way of experiencing the city” taking in stops like the Custom House, Grand Canal, Merrion square, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and more.

Tours cover 7.5km and cost €24pp. They leave at 10am daily (plus 2pm on weekends), and bikes, helmets, guides, water and snacks are all provided.

“Moving with traffic, you end up driving past what you want to see too quickly, and by foot you can’t cover half as much ground,” as one guide says.

“You always see more on a bike.”