Wednesday 18 October 2017

Commuter cyclists in Dublin top 10,000 for first time

Almost half of all people entering Dublin city every day travel by public transport
Almost half of all people entering Dublin city every day travel by public transport
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Almost half of all people entering Dublin city every day travel by public transport.

And the National Transport Authority (NTA) says that the number of people travelling by bicycle has exceeded 10,000 for the first time, and now makes up 5.4pc of all trips.

The details are contained in the Canal Cordon count, which measures the number of commuters entering the city at 33 points across the city in the area formed by the Royal and Grand canals.

It shows a 114pc increase in the numbers cycling since 2006, and increases in people walking and using public transport.

The figures show that while there has been a drop in the number of buses crossing the cordon, the numbers using them is on the rise - of the 192,670 people entering the city, more than 29pc use the bus, a slight increase year-on-year.

There are also increases in the numbers walking (19,711, up 12.7pc year-on-year) and cycling, with 10,349 people travelling by bike, up 14.2pc - or 114pc since 2006.

While some 48pc of all commuters (93,207) use public transport, it is still well below the peak.

"While continuing the trend of the last three years of increasing public transport passenger numbers, the number of passengers is still 9pc below the equivalent 2006 numbers," the report says.

"Walking has continued its upward trend in 2014 with the walk mode share passing 10pc with just under 20,000 walk trips crossing the cordon...the highest level since the post-1997 cordon count commenced. There are now over 30,000 walking and cycling trips crossing the cordon in the morning peak."

The report also shows there has been a drop in the number of cars and taxis, down 3.2pc to 57,988, and a slight drop in the number of goods vehicles, down 4pc to 1,087.

The numbers using rail services is also down slightly, by 103 passengers per day.

The Green Party said that Dubliners had "reached a turning point" in how they moved around the city.

"The council have put significant efforts into making public transport, walking and cycling more attractive, and clearly people are responding." Cllr Ciaran Cuffe said.

"Most encouraging of these figures is the consistent and sustained growth of people coming into the city by foot or bike. At a time of a national obesity crisis, anything that shows more people doing a form of exercise is to be welcomed."

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