The latest of three new docking stations being added to the Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes public share scheme has come on line.
The latest station is located in the Titanic Quarter, opposite the Belfast Metropolitan College building. It follows two docking stations which came into operation at Queen’s University earlier this month.
Officially declaring the newest station operational, Alderman Christopher Stalford, Deputy Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said:
“We’re delighted how popular the Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme has become in such a short time, with more than 3,000 annual subscribers and nearly 2,000 casual subscribers since the launch at the end of April. The success of the scheme and the introduction of these new stations further re-inforces the Council’s decision, along with our partners in the Department for Regional Development, to back this initiative and make Belfast a healthier and more cycling friendly city.
“The new station is thanks to the collaboration and funding of four Titanic Quarter partners - Titanic Foundation, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Titanic Belfast Limited and Titanic Quarter Limited. I would like to thank these organisations for working together to take the step to install two new docking stations in this key Titanic Quarter location. I am sure the station will be much welcomed by Belfast Met students and local businesses, as well as commuters and tourists visiting nearby attractions such as Titanic Belfast, Titanic's Dock and Pump-House and the SS Nomadic. It will also compliment the docking station at the Odyssey, which is the scheme’s most popular station.”
The installation costs for this latest docking station have been met entirely by a partnership made up of the Titanic Foundation, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Titanic Belfast Ltd and Titanic Quarter Ltd. Speaking on behalf of the four bodies, Titanic Foundation Chief Executive, Kerrie Sweeney, said:
“The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bike scheme is an important step in connecting Titanic Quarter with the rest of Belfast. The scheme will benefit hundreds of Titanic Quarter workers, students and residents, and most important, it will ensure our unique attractions such as Titanic Belfast, SS Nomadic, Slipways and Titanic’s Dock and Pumphouse are easily accessible for visitors and local people across the city.
“We believe the hub in Titanic Quarter will also encourage some of the million plus visitors who come to Titanic Quarter every year to explore other parts of the city, staying longer and spending more across Belfast.”
The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme has been developed by Belfast City Council in association with the Department for Regional Development.
Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “I congratulate everyone involved with the installation of the docking station in Titanic Quarter, the latest in the growing network of docking stations across Belfast .
“The continued development of Belfast Bikes is great news for those who are already members of the scheme and I would encourage anyone who is considering joining, and benefiting from a healthier way to travel, to sign-up today.”
Tanya O’Hara, Customer Marketing Assistant, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, who sponsor the scheme, concluded: “The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes are fast becoming one of the most successful public bike schemes in the UK with more than 100,000 journeys to date and a record high of 1,197 journeys in just one day. It is clear that the ease of accessibility of the bikes is facilitating and encouraging activity amongst the general public – something that Coca-Cola is committed to helping make happen.”