THIS SCHEME HAS NOT BEEN TROUBLE FREE A public bike share scheme for Belfast City was launched on Monday 27 April 2015 as part of a physical investment programme and Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes provided 40 bike docking stations in the city centre.
Early this year  it was reported that more than 35% of the bicycles are out of action due to ongoing vandalism or theft and according to Belfast City Council over the 2017 Easter weekend 19 bikes were stolen and a further eight were vandalised.
When I first saw the Belfast scheme in 2015 I thought that everything about it was poor quality and badly managed. Many of my photographs showed a surplus of bikes at many of the docking stations and that many of the bikes that had been returned by users were leaning against walls, trees or street furniture.
Belfast City Council published financial figures relating to subsidies to the scheme. In its first year, the Council subsidised it to the tune of £173,000. From April 2016 to April 2017, this increased to £215,000, despite a Business Case showing subsidies would reduce from £56,440 (April 2015 to April 2016), £23,050 (April 2016 - April 2017) and return a profit of £10,730 (April 2017 - April 2018).
BELOW IS A LIST OF THE DOCKING STATIONS
Alfred Street / St Malachy's Church Arthur Street / Chichester Street Bankmore Square / Dublin Road Botanic Avenue / Shaftesbury Square Bradbury Place Carrick Hill / St Patricks Church Castle Place / Royal Avenue Cathedral Gardens / York Street Central Station / East Bridge Street Central Station / Mays Meadow City Hall College Square East Corporation Square Cotton Court / Waring Street Donegall Quay Dunbar Link / Gordon Street Duncairn Centre / Antrim Road Europa Bus Station / Blackstaff Gasworks (Cromac Street) Gasworks (Lagan Towpath) Great Victoria Street / Hope Street Linenhall Street / Donegall Square South Millfield / Divis Street North Street / Waring Street Odyssey / Sydenham Road Royal Avenue / Castlecourt Smithfield / Winetavern Street St George's Market / Cromac Square Victoria Square / Victoria Street Waterfront Writer's Square / St Anne's Cathedral Queens University / Botanic Gardens Queens University / University Road Titanic Quarter Belfast City Hospital / Lisburn Road Royal Victoria Hospital Mater Hospital / Crumlin Road Girdwood Community Hub Shankill Leisure Centre CS Lewis Square
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