Transportation Infrastructure

dlr and Zipp Mobility launch e-bike service

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council & Zipp Mobility - Ireland’s leading micro-mobility operator, has launched a new shared e-bike service in Dublin as part of a pilot scheme.

Councillor Lettie McCarthy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said:

I welcome the issuing of a further temporary Bike Share Licence to Zipp Mobility. These low-cost bike share schemes can encourage more people to cycle over short trips, especially those who do not own a bike."

From today e-bikes will be available to rent in various locations across the county with the Zipp fleet scaling up over time. Users only need to download the Zipp Mobility app, create an account and scan an e-bike to start their ride. Users are asked to start and finish all rides at designated parking locations and Sheffield bike stands. Zipp plans to launch daily, weekly and monthly passes in the coming weeks.

Speaking at the launch event at NovaUCD, Charlie Gleeson, CEO and founder, Zipp Mobility, said:

We started Zipp to bring sustainable, safe and community-centric transport solutions to Irish towns and cities, so we are so excited to be able to finally launch on home soil. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are a true trailblazer in the sustainable mobility space, and we are so proud to be partnering with them as we seek to bring ‘mobility done right’ to Irish communities."

Zipp’s operation in Dublin will use only zero emissions vehicles such as e-cargo bikes. Zipp will also hire a local team to run the operation and avoid the gig-economy staffing model used by some shared micro-mobility operators for moral and sustainability reasons.

Rowena Dwyer, Head of Sustainability and Climate, Enterprise Ireland said:

Enterprise Ireland is delighted to see Zipp Mobility launch its first e-bike service in Ireland. Sustainability is a core pillar in Enterprise Ireland’s new ‘Leading In A Changing World’ strategy and it is very positive to see an innovative Irish start-up partnering with a local authority to provide low-carbon travel options.  We look forward to further working with the team at Zipp Mobility as it continues to implement its ambitious growth strategy, both in Ireland and overseas."