Leap Cards can now be used with Dublinbikes

20 Sep 2016

Starting from today (20 September), new and existing users of Dublinbikes will be able to register their Leap Card to be used for the scheme rather than having to carry two separate cards.

The Dublinbikes scheme has proven incredibly popular with commuters. Using the scheme, they are able to hire a bike from a number of locations across the city and return it to another designated stop in a relatively short space of time.

Now, making the process that little bit easier, a partnership between Dublin City Council (DCC), the National Transport Authority and advertisers will allow users hire out using the Leap Card.

Until now, someone looking to use a bike under the Dublinbikes scheme could only use its own designated card. Now, a user who has registered their Leap Card online can link the two accounts.

This marks another form of transport that falls under the remit of the Leap Card, which already includes Dublin Bus, Luas, DART, Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann trains.

Some limitations apply

However, DCC has said that other Dublinbikes activities – including payment for annual memberships at kiosks or purchasing three-day tickets – will still require the original Dublinbikes card.

To avail of the new service, existing Dublinbikes and Leap Card users will need to head to the Dublinbikes website and link the two accounts.

Meanwhile, those who haven’t registered for Dublinbikes will be able to select the Leap Card option to use with the scheme and can then be validated at one of the 101 stations across the city.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, said of the move: “This will make it very easy and convenient for new and existing bike-share members to easily link with other modes of public transport.

“I have no doubt this will prove to be an attractive feature for commuters who want to use the one card to link their bike journeys with other sustainable public transport services at various connection points across the city.”

Dublinbikes image via melfoody/Flickr

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic