Today Aldi Ireland announced that it will be providing 764 bike-parking spaces for customers by the end of the year, nationwide.
The discounter highlighted that it currently offers bike parking across the majority of its 150 Irish stores.
Commenting, John Curtin, group buying director, Aldi, said, “We are committed to enabling Aldi shoppers make healthy and active lifestyle choices by ensuring those who wish to cycle to our stores have the best facilities available.”
Dublin Cycling Campaign
The most recent survey conducted by independent cycling advocacy group Dublin Cycling Campaign ranked Aldi as having the ‘best bike-parking facilities across all supermarkets in the capital’.
David Timoney from Dublin Cycling Campaign said, “In our supermarket bike-parking survey of 2020, Aldi came out on top, with 52% of its stores rated as having ‘good’ bike-parking facilities.
“Shopping by bike is a simple way of reducing traffic on our roads, reducing carbon emissions, and keeping us active. The key factors which enable more people to shop by bike are more secure bike parking, more space for cargo bikes, and locating bike parking closer to shop entrances.”
‘Comprehensive’ Sustainability Strategy
According to Aldi, the move to introduce more bike-parking spaces across its store network is part of the company’s ‘comprehensive’ sustainability strategy, and it aims to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.
Aldi also noted that it is planning to invest €320 million over the next three years in the opening of 30 new stores, nationwide.