Understanding the Bike Hanger trial

Dublin City Council are currently trialling on-street Bike Hangers – permanent structures that allow people to protect their bikes from the elements and would-be thieves!

The council run different ‘Beta’ projects from time to time, to test out ideas in a real-life context. The idea is trial new ideas to see how they work, and also gauge public opinion, before deciding whether to implement the idea more widely.

Back in August 2014 the Beta Projects team suggested the idea of Bike Hangers in Dublin, and asked for people to volunteer to test them out – and just last week the first trial began in South Inner Dublin, on John Dillon Street.

The Bike Hangers are secured to the ground on the street, and take up the room of around half a car parking space.  Inside, there’s room for 6 bikes (or one cargo bike), and only the bike owners have keys to access to the Hanger.

The idea is to also explore the idea of charging users an annual fee for a space in the Bike Hanger, in a similar way to car owners that are charged for residents parking permits. The fees will then cover the purchase price (roughly €5,000) and ongoing maintenance of the Hangers.

The problem of storing bikes in residential areas is well known. Often homes, particularly terraces houses and apartments, just don’t have the room to store a bike inside. And it’s often just not safe enough to leave your bike locked up in the street.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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