Trains now more cycle friendly, says Cuffe

Bikes now allowed on off-peak Darts and commuter trains

Minister of State for Sustainable Transport Ciarán Cuffe has welcomed the decision by Irish Rail to permit the carriage of bicycles of off peak Darts and commuter trains. Irish rail will also introduce an online booking system for transporting bikes on Intercity trains.   

Minister Cuffe said: “The Government’s National Cycling policy puts a significant emphasis on better coordination between cycling and rail travel as sustainable modes of transport.  I first raised this issue with Irish Rail soon after taking office and I’m pleased to see this aspect of the policy now being implemented.

“Allowing cyclists take bikes on off peak trains brings us into line with many European countries and will open up more possibilities for leisure cyclists as well as commuters working outside the traditional peak hours. In Dublin for example, weekender cyclists will be able to bring bikes across the other side of the city to visit coastal towns such as Malahide or Dalkey.

“The online reservation system should also make it easier for Irish Rail to get more tourist and leisure cyclists using the rail network. There has been significant investment in leisure cycling routes across the country, such as the Great Western Greenway in Mayo.  

“These measures are another positive step toward building a strong cycling culture in Ireland”