Well known Irish cycling businessman launches London bike scheme

Posted on: September 13th, 2017

Urbo Shane Connaughton London bike scheme

Already with an established bike business – not to mention a well known family name in road racing – the next step for Shane Connaughton is a new bike scheme in London. And once the first phase is complete, Dublin and other parts of Europe are next for Connaughton and his Urbo partners.


Shane Connaughton new Urbo London bike scheme


Already well known in Irish cycling circles Shane Connaughton is behind the new Urbo bike scheme in London.

Along with his father, Rás winner Brian Connaughton, and their business partner and double Rás winner Philip Cassidy, the Connaughtons have run the Cycleways shop in Dublin’s north inner city for many years.

Now branching out, Shane Connaughton’s new start-up is a bike scheme without docking stations.

Instead its bikes will be freestanding; parked around its catchment area for users to find and leave as it suits.

An initial 250 bikes will rolled out in London borough Waltham. Connaughton has teamed up with Iain Cameron, managing director of Bike to Work.

And the McGovern brothers, Brian and Tom, are also partners in the new Urbo venture. The McGoverns own the Dublin School for Grinds.

The partners plan to roll out the scheme, not only to other parts of London, but also in Dublin and other European cities.


Urbo Shane Connaughton London bike scheme

Urbo Shane Connaughton London bike scheme


Rather than finding and dropping off the bikes at docking stations; users will download an app and digitally track the nearest Urbo bike.

The bikes will then be activated by users by scanning a QR code. After finishing their ride, users park the bikes anywhere.

They secure the bikes for the next user to find by clicking shut a lock on the bikes. The bikes will cost 50p for a half hour.

Urbo is launching into a competitive market, with other bike shares are already operation.

In London so-called Boris Bikes operate in the same way as Dublin Bikes; with docking stations.

But in both London and Dublin stationless bike share schemes will form part of future transport.

Urbo bike scheme eyes Dublin

In Dublin, BleeperBike recently attempted to launch its dockless bike share scheme.

Dublin City Council forced them to disable their app, thus grounding the scheme.

The council has told the company they must wait until regulations and a licencing system are introduced.

And when Dublin is opened for competition, Urbo is also planning to launch there too.