On December 18, 2014, Coca-Cola Zero® Bikes implemented the first 15 stations of bike rental service in Cork City: a project that was unveiled in June 2014. This past month, the remaining 16 stations were implemented, making Cork the second largest city of Coca-Cola Zero® Bikes. This service is one of four in Ireland, which includes the cities of Galway, Limerick, and Dublin as well. The bikes can be spotted with a red-and-black design, similar to that of a Coca-Cola Zero® can. These bikes can be easily utilized by long-term cyclists, or by new riders, with their automatic gear-shifting technology. “Our investment in Coca-Cola Zero Bikes is part of our wider commitment to help encourage active healthy lifestyles and we hope this scheme will enable more people to integrate cycling in their everyday lives, with the option of a healthier and happier commute,” said Frank O’Donnell, General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Within Cork, there are 31 bike stations and 330 bikes that can be rented. With a city that has so much to see and offer, these bikes can be utilized as an environmentally friendly, and fun, way to travel from UCC campus to The English Market and along the beautiful River Lee. This service is also a great way to live by UCC’s Green Campus initiative.
These bikes are affordable through “Pay As You Go,” a 3-Day Pass, or an Annual Subscription Fee. The 3-Day Pass can be bought for €3 and the Annual Subscription is only €10. Both require a €150 safety deposit, and there is no additional charge until after the first half hour of your ride. Account information, station locations, bike availability, and more can be accessed through the Coca-Cola Zero Bikes® App. For additional information on this fun way to commute throughout Cork City, visit https://www.bikeshare.ie/cork.html.