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IN MAY 2015 THE NEW DOCKING STATION AND THE KIOSK WERE OPERATIONAL

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This phone kiosk is an example of a 1936 K6 'Jubilee Box' and it is listed.

When I photographed the phone kiosk in May 2015 it was in good condition and appeared to be well maintained and there was a new Belfast Bikes docking station.

In March 2022 the kiosk was in very poor condition and the Belfast Bikes docking station had been relocated.

Unfortunately, back in May 2015 it was obvious that the bike hire scheme and network was very badly managed.

The Belfast Bikes station became operational at the location on the 15th April 2015 but it was removed sometime between my visit in 2018 and my visit in 2019. Late in 2017 it was announced that a few Belfast Bikes docking stations in the city centre were to be re-located to "areas of higher demand". The following were listed for removal: East Bridge Street/Stewart Street, Winetavern Street, Dunbar Link, Writers' Square and North Street.

Belfast City Council claimed that the stations to be closed were in "close proximity" to alternative stops, and "therefore would not create gaps in the network.

In April 2117, the council confirmed that more than a third of Belfast Bikes had been stolen or vandalised since the project was rolled out more than two years earlier and they admitted that vandalism of the bikes was costing almost £1,800 a month. Local media had included photographs showing several bikes which had been dumped in the River Lagan and it was claimed that a bike was sawn in half.

Belfast Bikes, also known for sponsorship reasons as Just Eat Belfast Bikes as is a public bicycle rental scheme which has operated in the city of Belfast since April 2015. At its launch, the scheme, which was then sponsored by Coca-Cola HBC, used 300 Unisex bicycles with 30 stations.

Belfast City Council owns the scheme. The Department for Regional Development (DRD) provided initial capital funding for the scheme as part of their Active Travel Demonstration Projects budget. NSL is looking after the daily operation of the scheme, while Nextbike is responsible for the bikes.

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