Despite a mid-summer launch, and rain every second day, the committee of Clonakilty Community Cycle Scheme is delighted to announce that it has not only hit its targets for this year, but has exceeded them, proving that the scheme is financially sustainable going into the future.
The success of the scheme will be recognised at the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2015, where it has been named as a finalist in the community category. This category recognises partnerships that promote sustainable energy practices at community level, delivering socioeconomic benefits. Committee members and supporters will travel to Dublin on October 2 for the presentation ceremony and hope to come home with the gold.
Nationally and internationally the Clonakilty Community Cycle Scheme is garnering great interest. Several high level Irish politicians will be visiting the town in early October to examine its workings, and the committee deals with enquiries from communities all over Europe who have been inspired to replicate the scheme. “We’re delighted with how the scheme has taken off,” says Director Michael O’Neill. “We’re more than happy to offer advice and guidance to others.”
Membership of the bike scheme is available to locals for just €20 a year whilst visitors can purchase a guest membership for approximately €10, depending on the length of their holiday. The first hour of use is free with subsequent hours charged at €1, up to a maximum of €10 per day. With safety in mind, users receive a special high-visibility jacket, helmet and information booklet detailing cycle routes in the locality. Membership can be purchased at any drop and collect hotel.