Saturday 21 October 2017

Women travelled more than men but they are four times more likely to travel as passengers, new survey

Women travelled more than men last year reveals the ‘National Travel Survey’ released by CSO. Stock Image
Women travelled more than men last year reveals the ‘National Travel Survey’ released by CSO. Stock Image

Zainab Boladale

Women travelled more than men last year reveals the ‘National Travel Survey’ released by CSO.

The survey which collects data about the travel behaviour of Irish people discovered that 71.2 per cent of journeys were taken by women when compared with 67.4pc for men.

While over half of all car journeys were taken by women, they were four times more likely to travel as a passenger in a private car than men. These figures contrast greatly from the 2013 and 2014 figures where both genders were equally likely to travel by car as a driver.

The survey also revealed that only 0.2pc of women would travel by a lorry or motorcycle whereas this was at 6.4pc for men.

Walking as a mode of transport was chosen by 14.3pc of women which was close to 14.9pc of men. The use of public transport (Bus, Irish Rail, DART and LUAS) were similar for men at 5.7pc and women at 5.3pc. The survey also revealed that public transport was mostly favoured for long distance journeys over 40 minutes.

When it comes to the reasons for travel, over one-third of journeys made by men were work related, an increase of 5pc since 2014 and contrast to the 23.9pc of all journeys made by women related to work. Almost a quarter of all journeys made by women were for the purpose of shopping, compared with nearly 19.1pc of journeys made by men.

The cost of travelling as a reason for not travelling only affected 8pc of the population. Short and long term illnesses affected 17pc of people.

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