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Dublin's commuter bike scheme is set to be expanded with the installation of 15 new stations across the city.

Most of the additional stations will be dotted across the north inner city with areas including Grangegorman, Phibsborough and Drumcondra all set to benefit from the planned expansion.

The south side areas of Merrion Square South and Wilton Terrace will also see installation of new ranks.

While the news has been welcomed by Dublin's commuters, the project is far from finished.

A lack of funding has resulted in huge delays with Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Chair of the Council's Transport Committee, admitting that the expansion has been happing at “a snail's pace” since it began almost 10 years ago.

“You need the money from central government to make it happen, and that is where there simply hasn't been enough cash to expand the scheme as quickly as we would like,” he explained.

This is only phase two of a fourteen phase project, which was due to be completed two years ago.

The 15 new stations being installed in Phase 2 are:

  • Grangegorman Lower No1, D7

  • Grangegorman Lower No2, D7

  • Grangegorman Lower No3, D7

  • Rathdown Road, D7

  • Charleville Road, D7

  • Phibsborough Road, D7

  • George’s Lane, D7

  • Western Way, D7

  • Avondale Road, D7

  • North Circular Road, Drumcondra, D1

  • Mountjoy Square East, D1

  • Killarney Street, D1

  • Buckingham Street Lower, D1 (west side)

  • Buckingham Street Lower, D1 (east side- alternative to 13a)

  • Merrion Square South, D2

  • Wilton Terrace, D2

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If you're a cyclist in Dublin City, you may have come across the small issue of not being able to bring your bike on the Luas. 

If you have a super long commute and want to bike to a Luas stop and tram the rest of the way, there are stations at which you can secure your bike.

But nothing strikes fear into the hearts of men quite like leaving your bicycle unattended in Dublin, never mind then getting the Luas miles away from it. 

Paranoia ensues, and there is a major fear that when you return to the Bike & Ride, you will be met with a skeleton of your beloved bike, or worse, no bike at all. 

Fold up bikes are permitted on board, but we would need a small loan of one million dollars to afford one, so that option is out. 

Dublin Senator Neale Richmond is calling for the Luas line to be opened up to cyclists at off-peak times. 

'I am requesting something very doable here,' he told Dublin Live. 

'Other tram services across Europe have limited access to two bikes per service and this is a reasonable compromise.'

'This is the international norm where cities such as Edinburgh, Bordeaux and London allow their metro and tram systems to accommodate cyclists.'

'If Transdev cannot accommodate any bike carriages even during off-peak services then it is clear we have a larger problem of capacity on our Luas services,' he said.

This could be seriously helpful for those who have to get the bus and the Luas to get to work every day. 

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So, we're all aware of the physical benefits of cycling.

The low impact exercise can greatly improve cardiovascular fitness, increase muscle strength and flexibility and even lead to lead better posture and coordination.

But, the health benefits don't end there. A new study has found that choosing a bike over a car for your morning commute could actually help reduce stress and improve your work performance.

Researchers at Concordia University compared how different modes of transport affected the stress levels of workers.

The results suggested that cycling to work is the best way to start your day if you are feeling stressed.

Lead author, Stéphane Brutus, said, "Employees who cycled to work showed significantly lower levels of stress within the first 45 minutes of work than those who travelled by car.”

123 employees at Autodesk, an information technology company in Old Montreal, were asked questions about their mood, perceived commuting stress and mode of travel through an online survey.

Researchers only assessed answers from respondants who completed the questionnaire within 45 minutes of arriving at work to ensure a more accurate report.

Brutus notes that this time specification was the study's major innovation.

"Recent research has shown that early morning stress and mood are strong predictors of their effect later in the day," he explains.

"They can shape how subsequent events are perceived, interpreted and acted upon for the rest of the day."

He added, "There are relatively few studies that compare the affective experiences of cyclists with those of car and public transport users," says Brutus, an avid cyclist himself. "Our study was an attempt to address that gap."

What's more, previous studies have found that cyclists perceived their commute as being less stressful than those who travelled by car.

So, if you find you're constantly starting the day off on the wrong foot, a pedal-powered commute could be the answer you've been searching for. 

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