National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) has introduced a new bicycle sharing scheme that uses conventional bike racks instead of the heavy docking stations used in Dublin. NUIG recently launched the program SPIN with 45 bicycles and eight drop-off locations. The bright purple bikes are also equipped with an integrated keypad and “on- board” global positioning system (GPS) tracking (see photo below). The system is designed and operated by UK-based Grand Scheme.

The campus bikes are part of a year-long pilot program funded by the NUI Galway, and is part of the university’s green campus initiative to encourage sustainable transport. The annual registration fee for students and staff is €10 (approx. $13 USD).  Like most bike share programs, the first 30 minutes is free.

To read more about the NUIG’s new bike share scheme on Irish Times, go here.

Or to learn more about the program, visit the official website here.

Control units or ‘bike brains’ waiting to be installed on the handlebars of NUI Galway bikes. Photo credit: