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Thursday 17 April 2014

Car still king for daily commute - and most drivers are women

CYCLING is on the up but the car is still king when it comes to the daily commute.

New Census figures reveal over two-thirds of commuters travel to work by car every day – and, surprisingly, women drivers outnumber male ones.

Even college students are very likely to drive themselves to lectures, with 29pc doing so in 2011, the Central Statistics Office figures show.

That's the first time driving by car has taken over as the most popular mode of transport for college students ahead of walking and public transport.

Six out of 10 primary pupils are driven to school meanwhile, though one in five pupils in rural areas takes the bus.

The car has also taken over from the bus as the most popular mode of transport for secondary pupils.

And there's been a dramatic decline in the numbers walking or cycling to school, with only 6,592 cycling last year compared to over 50,000 in 1986.

There's been a 10pc increase in cycling since 2006, with almost 40,000 people now commuting like this, with male cyclists outnumbering female ones by three to one.

The average time people spend travelling to work is now 26.6 minutes, with one in 10 workers travelling for 60 minutes or more.

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