Dublin City Councillors have approved construction of another section of the Dublin Bay cycleway and a trebling of the Dublin Bikes Scheme.

Two kilometres of cycletrack will be added at Clontarf at a cost of around €600,000.

This will provide a continuous 8km cycleway from Sutton to Fairview.

Council officials say the next phase will involve a cycleway from Fairview across the Samuel Beckett to Ringsend.

Eventually it is planned to have a 22km track along the coast from Sutton to Sandycove.

Councillors also voted to expand the Dublin Bikes scheme trebling the number of bikes to 1,500.

The council may need sponsorship to make up a €500,000 shortfall in the cost of running the scheme.

At this evening's meeting there were complaints that the scheme is biased against the northside.

Cllr Gerry Breen said two thirds of the bikes are stationed on the southside.

Assistant City Manager Jim Keoghan said it was decided to extend the scheme East to West at the Docklands and Heuston because these areas had the heaviest demand.

There are plans to eventually extend the scheme to Whitehall on the northside to Clonskeagh on the southside and involve 10,000 bikes.