By mid-September Dublin will join the growing list of European capital cities which encourage the use of the bicycle as a mode of transport in the city centre. Under the scheme, Dublin Corporation will provide 450 bicycles for rent across the city, where users will be able to pick up or drop off bicycles at 40 strategically located stations. In an effort to eliminate potential thefts, all bicycles are connected to a computerised system capable of tracking their whereabouts.

The scheme was to have been in place by late summer, however due to the discovery of gas pipes under some of the bicycle stations, construction work was delayed. A corporation spokesman said: